Nuclear Pollution

Whitmer wants to save Palisades Nuclear Plant on Lake Michigan shore

COVERT TWP. — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is looking to tap a newly created federal nuclear power plant bailout fund to keep Palisades Nuclear Plant open.

The Entergy Corp.-owned, 800-megawatt reactor five miles south of South Haven is scheduled to retire for good at the end of May. The shutdown removes a substantial power source from the grid, as Palisades generates 6.5 percent of Michigan’s electricity and 15 percent of the state’s “clean” energy.

On Wednesday, Whitmer wrote to the US Department of Energy to urge to use funding from the $6 billion DOE Civil Nuclear Credit Program, created through the bipartisan infrastructure bill signed into law in November, to support the plant and prevent its early closure. The plant’s operating license is good through 2031.

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