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Kalamazoo Gazette: When Consumers Power Co. announced plans in the mid-1960s to build a nuclear power plant near South Haven, fears about nuclear energy were largely offset by excitement of what the plant would mean for the local economy.
A half-century later, the same dynamic prevails. While anti-nuclear activists clamor to shut the plant down, government and business officials say the Palisades Nuclear Plant plays an important role in the region's economy.
Palisades is the Van Buren County's largest taxpayer, paying $11.2 million in property taxes in 2013. The plant comprises 8 percent of the tax base in the county and 37.5 percent of the tax base in Covert Township, where the plant is located…
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