Palisades Nuke Restarts

Friday, October 23, 2015 @ 10:10 AM gHale

Palisades Nuclear Plant returned to service after a $58 million upgrade and inspection of equipment and a $63 million investment in new fuel, expected to provide 18 months of service, Entergy officials said.

In addition, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) returned Covert, MI-based Palisades to the agency’s highest safety category.

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Palisades shut down Sept. 16 to begin the planned refueling outage and reconnected to the grid at 9:23 p.m. Oct. 19.

During the outage, Palisades completed safety enhancements ordered after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan, at a cost of $50 million. The enhancements will provide more robust defenses against events such as tornadoes, flooding and earthquakes.

In early September, Palisades underwent a NRC inspection to address occupational radiation safety related to control rod drive replacement during the 2014 refueling outage.

Because of corrective actions the plant took, the NRC returned Palisades to Column 1 of the agency’s Reactor Oversight Process – the highest safety category.