No federal aid to restart Michigan nuclear power plant

COVERT, Mich. (AP) – The federal government has turned down a request for financial aid to restart a nuclear power plant in southwestern Michigan. Holtec International says it was notified Friday by the U.S. Energy Department.

The Palisades plant along Lake Michigan was formerly owned by Entergy. It was shut down last spring after generating electricity for more than 50 years.

Holtec International is a company that specializes in decommissioning nuclear plants. It applied for federal aid to keep Palisades going.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said it would help economic development in the state. But the Biden administration said no. Palisades critics are pleased. A coalition of environmental groups wrote a letter in September, saying the site didn’t qualify for the program.

(Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.)

11/20/2022 3:26:02 PM (GMT -6:00)