Spent fuel is stored in a spent fuel pool which is also housed in the reactor building inside of secondary containment at Palisades Nuclear Power Station. The walls of the storage facilities for nuclear fuel are five feet thick, reinforced concrete with a steel-reinforced liner to ensure safety and protection from all kinds of natural disasters or manmade assaults.
Water provides shielding from radioactivity and keeps the fuel cool. Redundant safety systems ensure that the water level is maintained and fuel integrity is not compromised.
For additional information, visit the environmental section of our Web site.