As a nuclear facility, Palisades produces no emissions that might contribute to air pollution, global warming or acid rain.
Trained staff regularly monitor air samples and also samples from lake water, lake-bottom sediment, well water, milk, as well as fish and crops produced in the surrounding area. This environmental monitoring shows no significant change in radiation levels from pre-plant operations. Studies of Lake Michigan water temperatures show no significant thermal impact from plant operation. And, meteorological studies have shown no adverse affects on local weather from steam issuing from the plant's cooling towers.
Employees help preserve and monitor the Pitcher’s thistle, a plant that is on federal and state threatened species lists. The plant grows only in Great Lakes sand dunes, where human intrusion threatens its survival.
In addition, employees own a two-mile stretch of I-196 near the plant. About twice a year since the late 1990s, employees have cleaned the section of the highway as part of the Adopt-A-Highway program sponsored by the Michigan Department of Transportation.