COVERT (WKZO) -- The Palisades Nuclear Power Plant is off-line for a scheduled refueling.
They flipped the switch shutting down the reactor late Sunday morning, and won’t flip it back on until they have replaced 64 fuel assemblies, performed various maintenance activities, tests and inspected the reactor vessel.
Entergy will bring about 1,000 workers in to complete the refueling, giving a boost to every motel and restaurant in the region.
There is no indication how long it may take to complete the work.
Opponents of the Nuclear plant in Covert who would like to see it go off-line for good say they may pursue a new strategy, borrowing from the grassroots effort in Vermont that resulted in the decommissioning of the Vermont Yankee twin reactors.
Last week Chris Williams, who was a leader in that effort spoke to a crowd in South Haven.
Kevin Camps with Beyond Nuclear says they want to pursue a similar strategy here, showing how the leaky, aging nuclear facility on the lakeshore just doesn’t align with the “Pure Michigan” image the state is trying to promote.
He says they don’t want to have to some day adopt the slogan, “yes there really WAS a Kalamazoo”.
Kamps says once the public and lawmakers know the facts about some of the deals that were made when Indiana and Michigan Electric sold the plant to Entergy, they will want it shut down too.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says the plant is safe, and if it wasn't, they would not permit it to continue operating.