Palisades Nuclear Power Plant

In this April 13, 2006, file photo, Pete Vavricka conducts an underground train from the entrance of Yucca Mountain in Nevada.
Isaac Breekken, AP Images

If Palisades Nuclear Power Plant shuts down next year, where will the nuclear waste go? The short answer is probably nowhere. 


A photo from the 1999 demolition of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland, Washington. It was part of the decommissioning of the former nuclear power plant.
Jackie Johnston/AP Images

If you get your power from Consumers Energy, you’ve likely been putting money into a savings account for Palisades Nuclear Power Plant for years. Consumers charges rate-payers a small fee that goes into what’s called a decommissioning trust fund. That money will be used to clean up radioactive contamination at the site once Palisades shuts down. Right now there’s more than $400 million in the trust fund, but environmentalists worry it won’t be enough. 


8th graders work on a math assignment at Covert Public Schools
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Palisades Nuclear Power Plant is expected to close next year. That means more than 600 people will lose their jobs. That could also spell bad news for Van Buren County. The county gets almost $10 million in property taxes from Palisades every year.


Pablo Martinez Monsivais, The Associated Press / AP

West Michigan Congressman Fred Upton says the 21st Century Cures Act means “we will find cures for these diseases…years before we otherwise would have.”


Official Nuclear Regulatory Commission Photo

Plans to close the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant sooner than was previously announced caught many people by surprise. But Midwest Energy News reporter Andy Balaskovitz says there were some signs of an accelerated timeline. 


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