|The Palisades nuclear power plant is located in Van Buren County's Covert Township, Michigan on a site of 432 acres (2 kmē) 5 miles south of South Haven, Michigan, USA. Palisades is owned and operated by Entergy. It was operated by the Nuclear Management Company and owned by CMS Energy Corporation prior to the sale completed on April 11, 2007. It was built at a cost of $149 mllion.
Its single Combustion Engineering pressurized water reactor weighs 425 tons and has steel walls eight and one-half inches thick.
The containment building is 116 feet in diameter and 189 feet tall including the dome. Its concrete walls three and one-half feet thick with a quarter-inch thick steel liner plate. The dome roof is three feet thick. Access is via a personnel lock measuring 3 feet 6 inches by 7 feet 8 inches.
The Westinghouse Electric Company turbine generator can produce 725,000 kilowatts of electricity. It first generated electricity December 31, 1971.
On July 12, 2006 it was announced that the plant would be sold to Entergy. On April 11, 2007, the plant was sold to Entergy for $380 million.
The plant's original licensee was due to expire on March 24, 2011. An application for 20 year extension was filed in 2005 with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. It was granted on January 18, 2007.
Spent fuel rods are stored outdoors in nine 16-foot-tall casks, each containing 30 tons and resting on a concrete pad. This is a temporary solution until the spent fuel repository at Yucca Mountain opens. Source: Wikipedia.