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Palisades Plant Back Online; Metal Piece in Reactor Deemed Not Harmful

Palisades Nuclear plant on the shore of Lake Michigan
Palisades Nuclear plant on the shore of Lake Michigan

COVERT, MI (WHTC) - A scheduled refueling and maintenance outage at the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant outside of Covert ended on Sunday morning.

Officials with plant operator Entergy say that, during the nearly 56-day shutdown, 64 used fuel assemblies were removed from the reactor vessel and replaced, along with other projects such as inspecting the vessel and two low-pressure turbines.

The outage may have been extended when a broken piece of metal from an impeller blade was spotted lodged inside of the reactor. It apparently cannot be take out and plant officials claim it poses no safety hazard; on-site Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspectors concurred with that conclusion yesterday.