The Palisades nuclear plant in Michigan and Diablo Canyon nuclear plant in California are unsafe, expensive, and dirty. For these reasons, Palisades is scheduled to close and begin decommissioning at the end of May 2022, while Diablo Canyon’s operator has reached an agreement with environmental groups, workers, the state of California, and others to close its reactors in 2024 and 2025.
But, a recent push for a last-minute federal bailout to keep the Palisades and Diablo Canyon from closing as planned would be a massive failure for climate, consumers, communities, and the environment. The DOE must make sure the community and workers at Palisades and Diablo Canyon land on their feet, help save the climate, and transition these states to an affordable, sustainable future with good jobs in the new energy economy.
The suggestion to extend the operational life of the Diablo Canyon and Palisades with a bailout program these reactors may not even qualify for is an outrage and a betrayal to those of us seeking a clean and safe energy future. Federal funds would be better spent invested in clean and safe energy resources, conservation, and efficiency. Say NO to Nuclear Bailouts and YES to Just Transitions at California and Michigan Nuclear Reactors
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA or the Act) directs the Secretary of Energy (Secretary) to establish a Civil Nuclear Credit (CNC) Program to evaluate and certify nuclear reactors that are projected to cease operations due to economic factors and to allocate credits to selected certified nuclear reactors via a sealed bid process.
Under the law, to be eligible to receive credits, nuclear reactors must meet three criteria:
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