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Concerns about Holtec taking ownership of Palisades nuclear plant – public meeting this week

Public meeting about ownership change for Palisades nuclear plant comes this week, By STEVE CARMODY  DEC 6, 2020

This week, federal regulators will hold a public meeting to discuss plans to transfer the operating license for the Palisades nuclear power plant.   

Entergy Corp. agreed to sell the aging nuclear plant in southwest Michigan to Holtec Intl. in 2018.  ………

If the Nuclear Regulatory Commission approves the license transfer, the Camden, New Jersey based company will oversee the decommissioning of Palisades starting in 2022.

“The problem with Holtec is they’re going to try to do as little clean up as they can get away with,” says Kevin Kamps with Beyond Nuclear, a nuclear waste watchdog, “They’re going to take as many short cuts on high level waste management as they can get away with…and then pocket all the remaining money.”

Kamp wants to see state and local officials play a greater role in decommissioning plans and potential future uses for the site on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Legislation to create a “Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel” has stalled in a state House committee. …..https://www.michiganradio.org/post/public-meeting-about-ownership-change-palisades-nuclear-plant-comes-week

December 8, 2020 - Posted by | general

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