The Fate of Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station

Winner of 2017 Media Network of Central Ohio, Sept. MVP award, finalist “Efforts ramp up to save or sell Davis-Besse”

As cheaper natural gas floods the energy market, nuclear power plants nationwide are going out of business. Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station is located in rural Ottawa County on the Lake Erie shoreline, with a school district dependent for 40 percent of its annual tax revenues on the power plant. The local economy benefits from millions of tax dollars generated annually by the plant which employs about 700 people and produces enough power for one million homes at maximum capacity. Photojournalist Molly Corfman tells the story of the impact aging nuclear power plant and the economic effect on the community. First Energy said it will announce by mid-2018 a decision to sell, close or keep open the plant.