nuclear waste 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 Scientist sheds new light on proposed nuclear waste site on Lake Huron http://michiganradio.org/post/scientist-sheds-new-light-proposed-nuclear-waste-site-lake-huron <p></p><p>Its official name is the Deep Geologic Repository project (DGR).</p><p>It's a proposed underground site to store nuclear waste. A site that would be located less than a mile from Lake Huron near the town of Kincardine, Ontario. It’s about 11 miles northeast of Port Huron on the Canadian side of the lake.</p><p>If Ontario Power Generation wins approval, its underground site could store 52 million gallons of low- and intermediate-level nuclear waste – again, less than a mile from the source of drinking water for many millions of Americans and Canadians.</p><p>Nuclear scientist Frank Greening once worked for Ontario Power Generation.</p><p>He says some of the materials that would be stored underground are hundreds of times more radioactive than what was told to Canadian government officials who are considering the site.</p><p><em>*Listen to our interview with Frank Greening above.</em></p><p> Thu, 15 May 2014 01:39:26 +0000 Stateside Staff 17608 at http://michiganradio.org Scientist sheds new light on proposed nuclear waste site on Lake Huron 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 Michigan lawmakers testify in Canada against proposed underground storage site for nuclear waste http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lawmakers-testify-canada-against-proposed-underground-storage-site-nuclear-waste <p>Canadian officials are hearing testimony again this afternoon <a href="http://www.opg.com/power/nuclear/waste/dgr/index.asp">on a proposal to store low to medium level nuclear waste </a>at an underground repository near Lake Huron.</p><p>You <a href="http://jrp.canadacast.ca/">can watch the hearings live at this website.</a></p><p>Ontario Power Generation wants to build the repository near the town of Kincardine. The company already has a nuclear power plant located there. The Bruce Nuclear Generating Station is one of the biggest nuclear plants in the world.</p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 17:20:27 +0000 Lindsey Smith 14642 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan lawmakers testify in Canada against proposed underground storage site for nuclear waste Stateside for Monday, August 26th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-august-26th-2013 <p>If there's one song that captures the feel of Motown, Detroit, and America in the 1960s, it's Martha Reeves singing "Dancing in the Streets." On today's show we talked about the historical importance of this Motown classic.</p><p>And, we explored the concept behind community cafes, how they work and where you can find one near you.</p><p>Also, Ontario Power Generation is proposing to build a nuclear waste dump site on the shore of Lake Huron. How will this affect the drinking water?</p><p>First on the show, t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">his promises to be an important week for the State Senate. This could be the week the Senate decides whether or not to expand Medicaid to more low-income adults in Michigan.</span></p><p>You may recall, the Senate broke off for its summer break in June without taking a vote on Medicaid, something that so incensed Governor Snyder that he came home early from a trade trip to Israel in order to publicly scold the Senate.</p><p>So, two months later, it appears a vote is at hand.</p><p>Rick Pluta, the Lansing Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network, joined us today.</p><p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 11:03:44 +0000 Stateside Staff 14140 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, August 26th, 2013 Nuclear waste repository might be built on the shore of Lake Huron http://michiganradio.org/post/nuclear-waste-repository-might-be-built-shore-lake-huron <p>A proposal by a Canadian power company to store nuclear waste at a site within a mile of Lake Huron is setting off alarm bells on this side of the border.</p><p>Ontario Power Generation is drawing up plans to store low-to-medium level nuclear waste at an underground repository it wants to build in Ontario near the town of Kincardine. That is on the shore of Lake Huron and critics, including some state lawmakers, worry that storing nuclear waste so close to the lake could threaten the drinking water for 40 million people.</p><p>Detroit News reporter Jim Lynch has been following the story and he joined us today from Detroit.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 21:59:27 +0000 Stateside Staff 14137 at http://michiganradio.org Nuclear waste repository might be built on the shore of Lake Huron Proposed nuclear dump site a mile from Lake Huron draws concern http://michiganradio.org/post/proposed-nuclear-dump-site-mile-lake-huron-draws-concern <p>Local environmental activists are concerned over a proposal that would create a nuclear waste dump less than a mile from the shores of Lake Huron. Community members met at a town hall meeting this week at Wayne State University to discuss the proposal.</p><p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 18:49:04 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14073 at http://michiganradio.org Proposed nuclear dump site a mile from Lake Huron draws concern