Upton Statement on Decommissioning of Palisades Nuclear Power Plant
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement on the announcement that Palisades Nuclear Power Plant, owned by Entergy Corporation and located in Covert, Michigan, would be decommissioned and closed in 2018:
“Palisades has been part of the fabric of our Southwest Michigan community since 1971. They’ve employed thousands of workers – who in turn became respected leaders and so it’s important we do not turn our back on these hardworking folks now. They’ve also invested in our local schools and charities, had an enormous positive impact on our economy, and powered homes and businesses throughout the Midwest. But, as with all nuclear power plants across the country, there is always an end date. This safe transition is governed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and should not be interfered with. I strongly urge Entergy to remain committed to our community and I will continue working with them throughout this time of transition.”
Since 2011, Upton has served as Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over nuclear energy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. In 2013, Upton toured Palisades and met with officials alongside representatives of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). In 2014, Upton toured Palisades again with then-NRC Chairman Alison M. Macfarlane.