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Entergy Claims Story of More Problems Surfacing at Palisades Plant had Erroneous Details

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Palisades Nuclear Power Plant in Covert (Nuclear Regulatory Commission photo)
Palisades Nuclear Power Plant in Covert (Nuclear Regulatory Commission photo)

COVERT, MI (WHTC) - Entergy officials are upset over what was reported about more problems at the troubled Palisades nuclear power plant in Covert. 

The facility has been offline since a small amount of radioactive water leaked into Lake Michigan in May, and a new leak was discovered last Monday. It was initially reported that Palisades officials found that the original plans for the control room weren't followed more than four decades ago, and the room does not sit on a bed of sand as had been designed. The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission said that the issue is being addressed and the design is being improved upon, but there is still no set date for the plant to be refired.

After the story was put out, plant Communications Specialist Lindsay Rose issued a statement, saying, "The discovery of a lack of sandbed refers to Palisades Safety Injection Refueling Water (SIRW) tank, not the control room. We are currently undergoing work in the SIRW tank to replace the tank’s aluminum flooring and sub-flooring. When we removed the pre-existing aluminum floor plates, the condition of the subflooring was not as we had expected. It became apparent that the sand subflooring had not been installed many years ago as we had thought. We have subsequently installed fiberboard subflooring that has asphalt embedded to provide a more robust and reliable system to support the aluminum floor. I would appreciate if you would please issue a correction."

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