Plan to reopen Palisades plant announced just months after closure

SOUTH HAVEN — Just months after it was shut down — after months of attempts to keep it open — a plan to reopen the Palisades Nuclear Facility in South Haven was announced Friday.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer sent a letter to the US Department of Energy on Friday, Sept. 9, supporting Holtec International’s application for a grant that would reopen the plant. New Jersey-based Holtec International purchased the plant from Entergy in June.

The company has applied for a federal grant under the Civil Nuclear Credit (CNC) program to restore operations at the plant. The state says reopening the plant will “protect 600 high-paying jobs,” as well as 1,100 additional jobs throughout the community. It is also intended to shore up clean energy production in Michigan.

Holtec submitted its application to the CNC on July 5, which was the deadline for applications. If Holtec is approved a CNC, the state “ready to them by identifying state funding and easy for a power purchase agreement.”

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