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"Flaws" Found by NRC Inspectors During Palisades Maintenance Shutdown

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COVERT, MI (WHTC) - Some flaws in more than a dozen control rod drive mechanism housings were found at the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant during a scheduled shutdown for refueling and maintenance earlier this month.  The report by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said that no leak of radioactive material was noted as a result of the flaws, and that the issue had no adverse effects on the safety of the public or of plant employees.  Officials of plant owner Entergy say that the flawed housings, as well as some of the intact housings, will be replaced by those of a different design and material.  The plant will remain off line until the repairs are complete.

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