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If they are properly shut down, decommissioned nuclear power plants are not an environmental threat

If they are properly shut down, decommissioned nuclear power plants are not an environmental threat

Six sites in the Great Lakes area have had their nuclear reactors permanently shut down.

Only one of them, Big Rock Point, Charlevoix, was fully decommissioned. Eight spent fuel tanks are all that remains on the 500-acre site. The federal government has declared the land safe for non-restricted use.

According to Jerry Nappi who is the director of corporate communication at Entergy (a company that has multiple nuclear plants), it is not uncommon for closed nuclear plants be considered abandoned.

Commercial nuclear power plants cannot be abandoned. Nappi explained that trust funds are required for each commercial nuclear power plant in the country. These funds cannot be used for any other than approved decommissioning, removal, and remediation purposes.

It takes around 30 years to complete a proper decommissioning.


Some plants, such the Palisades nuclear plant in Covert, have been involved in multiple accidents.

Palisades’ leaky refueling tank in 2019 drained 79 gallons radioactive water into Lake Michigan. This was according to the Nuclear Regulatory Committee (NRC).

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