COVERT, MI (WHTC) - After an inspection yesterday by Fred Upton of St. Joseph, chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Nuclear Regulatory Commissioner Kristine Svinicki, a ½-inch crash on a nozzle attached to a safety injection refueling tank that led to the spillage of about 80 gallons of highly diluted, radioactive water into Lake Michigan continues to keep the Palisades plant near Covert off-line. The leak, which was first spotted last June and reemerged nine days ago, is the latest in a series of shutdowns of the facility that has led nuclear opponents to call for its permanent closing, although NRC inspectors and officials of plant operator Entergy claim that there has been no threat to public safety at any time.. There is no timetable for when repairs will be made and the plant to be returned to the power grid. A public open house on Palisades by plant operator Entergy is tonight at the Beach Haven Center in South Haven.
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