Nuclear power concerns outlast decommissioning

As Michigan and other states gradually move away from coal and other brown energy sources, there’s growing interest in carbon-free alternatives, including nuclear energy, which some advocates call a “clean alternative” that now fuels 30% of Michigan’s total electricity. With Palisades and other plants in the Great Lakes region scheduled to shut down in the coming decades, more people are considering the long-term impacts of this energy source.

Decommissioned nuclear plants are no harm to water if closed properly, experts say

Eight nuclear reactors at six sites have been shut down permanently in the Great Lakes region. Proper decommissioning takes approximately 30 years to complete. Strict procedures and laws set by the NRC and other agencies are intended to ensure that U.S. nuclear plants operate and decommission in a way that is safe for the environment and public. While no accidents at nuclear plants in the Great Lakes region have had a severe impact on water quality, government officials are still debating the proper way to store nuclear fuel and the impacts it can make.

Identifying Michigan’s top energy issues

As the first year of the Biden administration ends at a time that some experts call the “greatest transition in energy infrastructure” and the “third energy revolution,” it may be opportune to check on some of the top energy issues facing Michigan in the future. Here are three of them.