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Palisades Plant Begins Reactivation

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

COVERT, MI (WHTC) - The process of restoring the Palisades nuclear power plant to the power grid began yesterday. The facility south of Covert has been off line for 43 days since a leak in a refueling tank led to a small amount of weak radioactive water flowing into Lake Michigan. A number of repairs, replacements and redesigns were done to correct the problem, and federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission onsite inspectors gave the final clearance for the resumption of power operations. Congressman Fred Upton of St. Joseph, the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee that oversees the NRC, said that there is no political pressure to get Palisades back on line, and plans to tour the plant again on Friday when he returns to his district from work in Washington. Federal regulators are expected to hold an online “webinar” to discuss the situation, although no date was immediately set. Palisades has been down six times in the past 18 months due to leaks.