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Palisades Nuclear Power Plant will make U.S. history

U.S. Regulatory Nuclear Commission | Public Domain

After receiving a federal loan totaling more than $1 billion, the mothballed Covert, Michigan nuclear power plant will restart.

Palisades Nuclear Power Plant was shutdown and taken offline in May 2022 and sold to Holtec International one month later. Now, with a $1.52 billion investment from the U.S. Department of Energy and $150 million from the State of Michigan, Holtec Palisades will restart providing clean power for 800,000 homes.

Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer said for Michigan’s future it builds “100% clean energy by 2040 standard, the strongest clean energy labor standards in the nation, and tools to build more renewable energy faster.”

Republican U.S. Representative Bill Huizenga explained, “It lays the groundwork for the first-of-their-kind small modular reactors to be placed at Palisades in the future.”

Restarting the Holtec Palisades Nuclear Power Plant is scheduled for late 2025. It protects 600 union jobs and 1,100 throughout the community.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.
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