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Palisades one of 12 U.S. nuclear power plants most at risk for early retirement, study finds via mlive

COVERT TOWNSHIP, MI – Palisades is one of 12 U.S. nuclear power plants deemed most at risk for early retirement, according to a study released July 17.

Mark Cooper, senior fellow for economic analysis at the Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School, examined 11 risk factors that might lead to reactors being shut down early and found 38 of the country’s 104 reactors had four or more risk factors.

Palisades had six, including cost, age, long-term shut down and multiple safety risks. Other Michigan reactors on the list included the Enrico Fermi Generating Station in Frenchtown Charter Township and the Donald C. Cook Generating Station near Bridgman, each of which had five risk factors.

The Covert Township reactor, which is owned by Entergy Corp., by no means had the most risk factors of the 12 cited in the study. The Pilgrim reactor in Plymouth, Mass., which is also owned by Entergy, had nine, while the Davis-Besse reactor in Oak Harbor, Ohio, owned by FirstEnergy, had eight.

Palisades did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Kalamazoo Gazette.

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