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Palisades power plant sale now final

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Palisades Nuclear Plant

Earlier this year, the state mounted a last-ditch effort to keep the Palisades Power Plant open over concerns about losing a source of clean energy and jobs. Now, the decommissioning company Holtec is taking control.

Pat O’Brien is the company's senior manager of government affairs. He says they hope to keep some of the plant’s staff onboard during the 19-year process of dismantling and cleaning up the plant.

“There’ll be certain times where we’ll have some staff reductions but as the job ebbs and flows, you know, obviously, depending on the project and what’s being removed and when, you’ll have a number of specialty union contractors come on and help with the project.”

O’Brien says Holtec inherited around 240 employees in the sale.

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Colin Jackson is the Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network.
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