Environmental groups slam the plan to reopen the Michigan nuclear power plant

Dozens of environmental groups filed a letter on Friday to federal energy officials begging them to deny funding to a New Jersey company seeking to reopen a nuclear power plant in western Michigan.

The Palisades power plant is not expected to be eligible for the civilian nuclear credit program, a $ 6 billion fund created through the bipartisan infrastructure law, the groups said in a letter on Friday addressed to the US Secretary of Energy. Jennifer Granholm and Department of Energy officials.

That’s because Palisades closed for good in May, according to its new owner Holtec International and former owner Entergy Nuclear. The federal program predicts that nuclear reactors will cease to function due to economic factors, which environmental groups say do not include Palisades because they are no longer producing or selling electricity.

“It is unequivocally clear that the (program) plans to subsidize only operational reactors under the civilian nuclear credit program,” states the letter from the environmental groups. “The program simply does not include funding for a closed reactor that has finished operations.”

The Michigan Sierra Club, Michigan Wildlife Conservancy, Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council, and anti-nuclear groups across Michigan and the United States signed the letter.

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