Environmental groups have criticized a plan to reopen Michigan’s nuclear plant

Dozens of environmental groups submitted a letter to federal energy officials Friday pleading with them to deny funding to a New Jersey company seeking to reopen a nuclear plant in western Michigan.

In a letter Friday to US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and Department of Energy officials, the groups argued that the Palisades power plant should not qualify for the Civil Nuclear Credit Program, a $6 billion fund created through the bipartisan Infrastructure Act.

That’s because Palisades will permanently close in May, according to new owner Holtec International and former owner Entergy Nuclear. The federal program provides for nuclear power reactors It should be expected to stop operations due to economic factors — which environmental groups say does not include Palisades because it no longer produces or sells electricity.

The Palisades Nuclear Power Plant in Colvert, Michigan, closed more than a week in early May 2022. By July, new owner Holtec International was applying for federal assistance to reopen the decommissioned Palisades facility.

“It is unequivocally clear that (program visualizations) only support reactors operating under the Civil Nuclear Credit Program,” the letter from environmental groups said. “The program is simply not considering financing a closed reactor that has ended operations.”

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

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