It was to have capacity one 644 MW boiling water reactor and it was expected to cost $1.8 billion. Construction started on January 1, 1974.
Construction was opposed by the "Concerned Citizens Against the Bailly Nuclear Site", an interest group established in 1972. It opposed the project legally and also through the procedures of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission and other relevant government agencies. The group broke up in 1982 after cancellation of the project.
The Bailly Generating Station, a coal-fired electrical generating plant, has operated since 1962 on a site adjacent to the proposed Bailly nuclear power plant.