Company seeks firsttime restart of shuttered nuclear plant

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  • The NRC would agree only if convinced the plant “has been brought back to working order,” Buongiorno said.No significant steps have been taken toward dismantling the plant, company Vice President Jean Fleming said during the March meeting.
  • “Now it’s been shut down, normal inspection and maintenance procedures have stopped; NRC oversight has stopped.”Before committing to a restart, Holtec would be confident about getting the plant in good shape, spokesperson O’Brien said.
  • To close the funding gap, the project would be spread over nearly two decades, with a 10-year slowdown so investment earnings could outpace spending.Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel argues the fund is inadequate and Holtec and Entergy are understating decommissioning costs.
  • Holtec spokesman O’Brien said roughly $44 million had been withdrawn from the fund — only for decommissioning activities.
  • His group asked the NRC’s inspector general to investigate.Justin Poole, an NRC project manager who led the meeting, said Trice’s comment referred to payment of on-site decommissioning workers.
  • Some 380 employees departed after closure while about 220 remain, handling site and security upgrades and preparing to transfer spent fuel from a cooling pool to dry cask storage.Holtec hopes to get funding and NRC approval by October.
By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental WriterTRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) A company that tears down closed nuclear power plants wants to do in Michigan what has never been done in the U.S. restore a dead [+8372 chars]