nuclear energy http://michiganradio.org en Michiganders to stop paying fee for non-existent federal program http://michiganradio.org/post/michiganders-stop-paying-fee-non-existent-federal-program <p>DTE and Consumers Energy electric customers may notice a slight dip in their monthly bills.</p><p></p><p>Since 1982, utilities have tacked on a 15 to 20 cent fee on monthly electric bills.</p><p></p><p>It was supposed to pay for a federal program to dispose of spent fuel from nuclear power plants. Only one problem: The program never actually disposed of any waste.</p><p></p><p>Last fall, a federal court ordered an end to the fee.</p><p></p><p>Michigan Public Service Commissioner Greg White was part of the lawsuit.</p><p></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 18:46:16 +0000 Steve Carmody 17641 at http://michiganradio.org Michiganders to stop paying fee for non-existent federal program DTE investigating cause of small fire at Fermi nuclear plant this afternoon http://michiganradio.org/post/dte-investigating-cause-small-fire-fermi-nuclear-plant-afternoon <p>Officials at the Fermi 2 nuclear plant near Monroe are investigating the cause of a small fire that happened around 2 p.m. this afternoon. &nbsp;</p><p>Fermi is already shut down to refuel. That’s normal.</p><p>Plant workers were testing four huge back-up diesel generators used only in emergencies. Those tests are normal, too. DTE spokesman Guy Cerullo says they've been testing them for a few days.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 23:48:14 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16924 at http://michiganradio.org DTE investigating cause of small fire at Fermi nuclear plant this afternoon New bills outline when deadly force could be used to protect Michigan nuclear plants http://michiganradio.org/post/new-bills-outline-when-deadly-force-could-be-used-protect-michigan-nuclear-plants <p>Federal law regulates nuclear power plants in almost every way. But state law dictates the use of force to keep people off the property.</p><p>State Rep. Al Pscholka <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2013-2014/billintroduced/House/pdf/2014-HIB-5282.pdf">introduced the bill</a>. He says it was not inspired by any actual security breaches.</p> Sun, 16 Feb 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16389 at http://michiganradio.org New bills outline when deadly force could be used to protect Michigan nuclear plants Gap in concrete wall found at nuclear plant near Toledo http://michiganradio.org/post/gap-concrete-wall-found-nuclear-plant-near-toledo <p>OAK HARBOR, Ohio (AP) - Operators of a northern Ohio nuclear plant that sits along Lake Erie say workers there found a gap within the concrete of a protective wall.<br /><br />Officials at the<a href="https://www.firstenergycorp.com/content/fecorp/about/generation_system/FENOC/davis-besse.html"> Davis-Besse nuclear plant near Toledo </a>describe the gap as an air pocket and say they don't believe it affected the structural integrity of the shield wall.<br /><br />The gap was discovered Thursday while the plant was shut down to replace two steam generators.<br /> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 20:02:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16465 at http://michiganradio.org Gap in concrete wall found at nuclear plant near Toledo Palisades nuclear plant taken offline to refuel http://michiganradio.org/post/palisades-nuclear-plant-taken-offline-refuel <p>COVERT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Operators of southwestern Michigan's Palisades Nuclear Power Plant say it's now offline for refueling and maintenance.<br /><br />New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. says operators took the plant out of service at 11 a.m. EST Sunday. It's located on the shore of lake Michigan in Van Buren County's Covert Township, about 55 miles southwest of Grand Rapids.<br /><br />Plant spokeswoman Lindsay Rose says workers will replace 64 fuel assemblies in the reactor as well doing maintenance, tests and inspections.<br /> Sun, 19 Jan 2014 23:34:58 +0000 The Associated Press 16087 at http://michiganradio.org Palisades nuclear plant taken offline to refuel U of M researchers to study how well materials hold up in nuclear reactors over time http://michiganradio.org/post/u-m-researchers-study-how-well-materials-hold-nuclear-reactors-over-time <p><a href="http://www.engin.umich.edu/college/">Engineering researchers </a>at the University of Michigan are trying to figure out how radiation damages the different materials used to make nuclear power plants.</p><p>There are roughly 100&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nrc.gov/reactors/power.html">&nbsp;nuclear power plants </a>in the U.S., and most of them are getting old. Researchers want to figure out how long the reactors can hold up in such harsh environments over time.</p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 14610 at http://michiganradio.org U of M researchers to study how well materials hold up in nuclear reactors over time The University of Michigan plans to renovate nuclear research labs http://michiganradio.org/post/university-michigan-plans-renovate-nuclear-research-labs <p>The University of Michigan is almost finished decommissioning its nuclear reactor. The process began <a href="http://www.nrc.gov/info-finder/decommissioning/research-test/ford-nuclear-reactor.html">ten years ago</a>. But there are new plans in the works to renovate the building.</p><p>According to <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2013/09/university_of_michigan_plans_t_4.html">MLive</a>, the University wants to create research labs, testing areas, offices and academic support spaces in the building. The 17,400-square-foot building would get a 5,200-square-foot addition and would be renamed as the Nuclear Engineering Laboratories. It's on North Campus on Bonisteel Dr.&nbsp;</p><p>The University of Michigan Board of Regents will vote on the proposed plans at 3 pm on Thursday.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 14:58:31 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14451 at http://michiganradio.org The University of Michigan plans to renovate nuclear research labs Foes of Lake Huron shoreline nuclear storage meet http://michiganradio.org/post/foes-lake-huron-shoreline-nuclear-storage-meet <p>DETROIT (AP) - Objections to a proposal to build a nuclear waste storage site near Lake Huron's Ontario shoreline are the subject of a town hall meeting Monday evening in Detroit.<br><br>The Detroit News says the meeting is scheduled for 6:30-8 p.m. at Wayne State University's Keith Center Lecture Hall.<br><br>The meeting's organizers include Democratic state Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood of Taylor. He sponsored a resolution that the Michigan Senate passed in May questioning the proposal.<br> Sun, 18 Aug 2013 22:00:00 +0000 The Associated Press 14041 at http://michiganradio.org Palisades, Davis-Besse on list of dozen nuclear plants 'most at risk' of closing early http://michiganradio.org/post/palisades-davis-besse-list-dozen-nuclear-plants-most-risk-closing-early <p><a href="http://216.30.191.148/071713%20VLS%20Cooper%20at%20risk%20reactor%20report%20FINAL1.pdf">A new study </a>deems the Palisades Nuclear Plant one of a dozen in the country most at risk of closing before its operating license expires in 2031.</p><p>“I’m not making predictions here and I really do want to stress that,” the study’s author Mark Cooper told reporters on a press conference call Wednesday afternoon.</p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 23:04:11 +0000 Lindsey Smith 13590 at http://michiganradio.org Palisades, Davis-Besse on list of dozen nuclear plants 'most at risk' of closing early It’ll take months to determine any violations stemming from radioactive leak at Palisades http://michiganradio.org/post/it-ll-take-months-determine-any-violations-stemming-radioactive-leak-palisades <p>Federal nuclear regulators say it’ll be several weeks before they can determine if Entergy, the company that owns the Palisades Nuclear Plant, violated any regulations during an incident in May when 80 gallons of slightly radioactive water leaked into Lake Michigan.</p><p><em><strong>Related: <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/read-brief-summary-all-problems-palisades">Read this for a brief summary of all the problems at Palisades</a></strong></em></p><p>The <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/palisades-shutdown-comes-after-assumed-unplanned-release-radioactive-water-lake-michigan#comment-888147549">leak happened in May</a>. Regulators say there was no threat to public safety, and the leak is now fixed.</p><p>When workers fixed the leaky tank they discovered <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/palisades-springs-minor-leak-repairs-continue-tank-caused-shutdown">the sand bed that was supposed to be supporting the tank was never installed</a>. Palisades was built in 1968.</p><p>“If the causes (of there being no sand bed) were so long ago and it’s not indicative of recent performance then it’s assessed a little bit differently,” Jack Giessner said during a public forum held online Tuesday afternoon. Giessner is branch chief at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.</p><p>“It still may have some follow up needed but in general, it’s not like we’re going to try to interview people from 1968,” Giessner said. Wed, 17 Jul 2013 00:05:40 +0000 Lindsey Smith 13567 at http://michiganradio.org It’ll take months to determine any violations stemming from radioactive leak at Palisades This week nuclear regulators take questions on latest shutdown at Palisades Nuclear Plant http://michiganradio.org/post/week-nuclear-regulators-take-questions-latest-shutdown-palisades-nuclear-plant <p>Federal regulators <a href="http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/news/2013/13-027.iii.pdf">will host a public meeting this week</a> to recap the latest shutdown of the Palisades Nuclear Plant. The plant restarted about a month ago after fixing a water leak.</p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 13483 at http://michiganradio.org This week nuclear regulators take questions on latest shutdown at Palisades Nuclear Plant Palisades nuke plant restarts after 43-day outage http://michiganradio.org/post/palisades-nuke-plant-restarts-after-43-day-outage <p>COVERT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Operators have restarted the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant in southwestern Michigan after finishing repairs to a water tank that leaked slightly radioactive water into Lake Michigan.<br><br>New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. idled the plant May 5 after operators found a tank leaking faster than regulations allow. Company spokeswoman Lindsay Rose says it returned to service about 2:10 p.m. Monday.<br><br>The plant is in Van Buren County's Covert Township, about 80 miles east-northeast of Chicago,<br> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 23:15:38 +0000 The Associated Press 13098 at http://michiganradio.org Palisades springs minor leak as repairs continue to tank that caused shutdown http://michiganradio.org/post/palisades-springs-minor-leak-repairs-continue-tank-caused-shutdown <p>It’s been more than a month since the Palisades Nuclear Plant near South Haven shut down after an <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/palisades-shutdown-comes-after-assumed-unplanned-release-radioactive-water-lake-michigan?nopop=1">unexpected release of slightly radioactive water </a>into Lake Michigan.</p><p>Nuclear watchdog groups <a href="http://www.beyondnuclear.org/home/2013/6/6/palisades-springs-yet-another-leak-into-the-control-room-fai.html">are upset there was yet another leak</a> into the plant’s control room last week.</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 14:40:01 +0000 Lindsey Smith 12965 at http://michiganradio.org Palisades springs minor leak as repairs continue to tank that caused shutdown Residents, regulators, activists and plant workers mingle at Palisades’ open house http://michiganradio.org/post/residents-regulators-activists-and-plant-workers-mingle-palisades-open-house <p></p><p>Even though Palisades is temporarily shut down, the nuclear power plant last night held a public open house it had scheduled more than a month ago.</p><p>In a small conference center in South Haven Tuesday night, anti-nuclear activists mingled with federal nuclear regulators, residents, and plant workers. Palisades Site Vice President Tony Vitale says that's a good thing. He says the open house is designed for people in the community to come talk to some of the plant workers firsthand.</p><p>“We’re not hiding anything. We want to run, and will run, and I will demand we run a transparent operation,” Vitale said.</p><p> Wed, 15 May 2013 11:17:01 +0000 Lindsey Smith 12571 at http://michiganradio.org Residents, regulators, activists and plant workers mingle at Palisades’ open house The latest on the leak at Palisades Nuclear Power Plant http://michiganradio.org/post/latest-leak-palisades-nuclear-power-plant <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In West Michigan, crews are continuing to try and figure out what caused the release of slightly radioactive water from the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant in southwest Michigan.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The plant was shut down a little over a week ago because of the leak, and crews say they have discovered a new crack in a water tank that's been leaking on and off for at least two years.</span></p><p>Michigan Radio's West Michigan reporter Lindsey Smith joined us today to talk about</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 14 May 2013 20:54:41 +0000 Stateside Staff 12561 at http://michiganradio.org The latest on the leak at Palisades Nuclear Power Plant Stateside for Tuesday, May 14, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-may-14-2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Detroit Mayor Dave Bing announced he will not run for re-election. What does this means for the city moving forward while currently under emergency management?</span></p><p>And we took a look at what's behind Michigan's high infant mortality rate.</p><p>And author, theologian, preacher, and social activist Jim Wallis joined us to talk about his book and <em>The Common Good</em> for America.</p><p>But first in the show, we got an update on the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant, where crews are trying to figure out what caused the release of slightly radioactive water.</p><p>The plant was shut down a little over a week ago because of the leak, and crews say they have discovered a new crack in a water tank that has been leaking on and off for at least two years. Michigan Radio reporter Lindsey Smith discussed the issue with us. Tue, 14 May 2013 20:52:36 +0000 Stateside Staff 12562 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, May 14, 2013 'Outraged' by leak, Upton to tour Palisades Nuclear Plant http://michiganradio.org/post/outraged-leak-upton-tour-palisades-nuclear-plant <p>Congressman Fred Upton (MI-06) will head to southwest Michigan this afternoon, to check out the condition of the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant.</p><p>The unplanned release of slightly radioactive water into Lake Michigan earlier this month <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/palisades-leak-angers-congressman-upton-new-documents-show-alternative-fix-leaky-tank">“outraged” the Republican congressman</a>, who chairs the U.S. House’s Energy and Commerce Committee.<br><br>“Every option must be on the table to ensure that the continuing leak will not occur again,” Upton said in a statement last week, suggesting that a full replacement of the leaky water tank may be in order.<br><br>Officials from the nuclear plant maintain that the leak will not harm the public or any of the plant’s 650 workers.<br><br>A commissioner from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will be accompanying Upton on his tour today.</p><p>The congressman is expected to speak publicly after the visit.</p><p>Michigan Radio's Lindsey Smith will be there and she'll bring us more later today.</p><p><em>- Melanie Kruvelis, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p></p><p> Mon, 13 May 2013 14:32:47 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12536 at http://michiganradio.org 'Outraged' by leak, Upton to tour Palisades Nuclear Plant Regulators: chance of Palisades vessel break resulting in radiation release – one in a million http://michiganradio.org/post/regulators-chance-palisades-vessel-break-resulting-radiation-release-one-million <p>During an online public meeting Tuesday night, federal nuclear regulators reiterated their belief that the Palisades nuclear power plant in Covert, Michigan, near South Haven is safe.</p><p>The Nuclear Regulatory Commission hosted the meeting to talk with the public about the strength of the vessel that contains the nuclear reactor and fuel. Radiation, high pressure and temperatures over long periods of time make the metal vessels in all pressurized water reactors more vulnerable at nuclear plants.</p><p>Palisades is the oldest nuclear power plant in the state, and it’s got one of the most brittle reactor vessels in the country. Older nuclear plants like Palisades have some copper in the mostly steel&nbsp;vessel; later designs have stronger steel, regulators said.</p><p>Mark Kirk is a Senior Materials Engineer in the Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research at the NRC.</p><p>“It’s unquestionably true that Palisades, one of the welds in Palisades, is one of the most embrittled in all of the plants operating in the US,” Kirk said. “Even so, Palisades continues to operate in compliance with the relevant NRC rules.”</p><p>By 2017 the plant’s vessel will become too brittle to legally operate. Wed, 20 Mar 2013 16:06:33 +0000 Lindsey Smith 11776 at http://michiganradio.org Regulators: chance of Palisades vessel break resulting in radiation release – one in a million Federal regulators to talk about Palisades’ aging nuclear vessel in public meeting online http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-regulators-talk-about-palisades-aging-nuclear-vessel-public-meeting-online <p>Nuclear regulators will discuss the risk of “pressurized thermal shock,” one of the biggest fears anti-nuclear groups have about the Palisades nuclear power plant during an online meeting Tuesday.</p><p>Over time the radiation, extreme pressure and heat from the nuclear reactor wear on the metal vessel that contains it. That’s called embrittlement.</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 11729 at http://michiganradio.org Federal regulators to talk about Palisades’ aging nuclear vessel in public meeting online Michigan holding forums about future of energy http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-holding-forums-about-future-energy <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Public Service Commission and Michigan Energy Office officials plan to hold the first of seven forums this week on the state's energy future.<br><br>Among those scheduled to speak Thursday in Lansing include representatives of the Michigan Manufacturers Association, Michigan Environmental Council and Citizens Against Rate Excess.<br><br>The four-hour public forum called "Readying Michigan to Make Good Energy Decisions" starts at 1 p.m. at the Library of Michigan.<br> Sun, 10 Feb 2013 13:49:00 +0000 The Associated Press 11169 at http://michiganradio.org