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Operators of Palisades nuclear power plant to hold open house

Palisades Nuclear Power Plant.
Entergy Corporation

The Palisades nuclear power plant is hosting an open house tonight in South Haven. It’s a rare opportunity for people to ask detailed questions about the plant.

It’s impractical to host the open house at the plant because of security reasons. Instead, it’ll take place at the same conference center where the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has held a number of public hearings this year about the plant’s poor safety rating. In fact, the NRC will host a public meeting next week at the same place to discuss those safety concerns in detail.

Palisades spokesman Mark Savage says the open house tonight will be informal… kind of like a science fair.

"We’ll have tabletop discussions about the variety of things that historically get brought up at these public meetings, and so the general public is invited 'round the area here to come and see our wares."

This is first time Palisades has hosted an open house since Entergy Corporation bought the plant from Consumers Energy back in 2007.

The Palisades open house will be held from 6 - 8pm tonight at the Beach Haven Event Center: 10420 M-140 Highway in South Haven

Lindsey Smith is a Peabody Award-winning journalist currently leading the station's Amplify Team. She previously served as Michigan Public's Morning News Editor, Investigative Reporter and West Michigan Reporter.
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