Environmental groups have criticized a plan to reopen Michigan’s nuclear plant

Dozens of environmental teams submitted a letter to federal vitality officers Friday pleading with them to disclaim funding to a New Jersey firm searching for to reopen a nuclear plant in western Michigan.

In a letter Friday to US Vitality Secretary Jennifer Granholm and Division of Vitality officers, the teams argued that the Palisades energy plant mustn’t qualify for the Civil Nuclear Credit score Program, a $6 billion fund created by way of the bipartisan Infrastructure Act.

That is as a result of Palisades will completely shut in Might, in line with new proprietor Holtec Worldwide and former proprietor Entergy Nuclear. The federal program states that nuclear energy reactors should shut down because of financial elements — which environmental teams say doesn’t embrace Palisades as a result of they now not produce or promote electrical energy.

The Palisades Nuclear Power Plant in Colvert, Michigan, closed more than a week in early May 2022. By July, new owner Holtec International was applying for federal assistance to reopen the decommissioned Palisades facility.

“It’s unequivocally clear that (program visualizations) solely help reactors working beneath the Civil Nuclear Credit score Program,” the letter from environmental teams mentioned. “This system is just not contemplating financing a closed reactor that has ended operations.”

The letter was signed by the Michigan Sierra Membership, Michigan Wildlife Service, Northern Michigan Environmental Motion Council, and anti-nuclear teams throughout Michigan and america.