Davis-Besse http://michiganradio.org en 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 In this morning's news: Medicaid expansion, Palisades Plant, and unemployment rates http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-medicaid-expansion-palisades-plant-and-unemployment-rates <p><strong>Medicaid bill expected next week</strong></p><p>The Medicaid expansion could reach a vote in the Michigan State Senate in late August.&nbsp; A first draft of the bill may be ready by next week.&nbsp; Michigan Radio’s Rick Pluta<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/state-senate-may-vote-next-month-expanding-medicaid-michigan"> reports</a> that Governor Rick Snyder “has said waiting until late August could jeopardize the state’s ability to get federal approval.”</p><p><strong>Palisades Nuclear Plant at risk of closing</strong></p><p>A new study puts the Palisades Nuclear Plant on a list of 12 plants at risk of closing before their licenses expire.&nbsp; The study was produced by Mark Cooper at the Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School.&nbsp; The list weighs factors such as repairs and safety improvement, and also includes the Davis-Besse plant near Toledo.&nbsp; Michigan Radio’s Lindsay Smith<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/palisades-davis-besse-list-dozen-nuclear-plants-most-risk-closing-early"> reports </a>“Cooper says nuclear plants are simply more expensive to run safely as they age. Plus the falling price of renewable energy and natural gas make nuclear power less competitive.”</p><p><strong>Michigan’s unemployment rate jumps</strong></p><p>Michigan’s monthly unemployment rate increased to 8.7%.&nbsp; Michigan Radio’s Rick Pluta<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigans-jobless-rate-ticks"> reports</a>, “There are actually about 9 thousand more people working in Michigan.&nbsp; But there are also more people who told the government’s monthly employment survey that they are looking for work.” Thu, 18 Jul 2013 11:35:23 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13593 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Medicaid expansion, Palisades Plant, and unemployment rates 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