Public input encouraged as NRC prepares to close Palisades plant

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People in Southwest Michigan say they want to be heard in the process of closing the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant.

The facility, in the Van Buren County community of Covert, is scheduled to be shut down by May of 2022.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission asked for input at a meeting Wednesday night on the best way to get the public involved.

The NRC says they especially want to hear from the citizens who are most at-risk from the plant. Only about 35 members of the public attended the meeting, and the NRC says that number needs to be bigger.

The Mayor of South Bend told WSBT that the loss of the plant will likely cost his city 125 jobs.

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