Palisades Nuke Restarts after Fixing Leak

Monday, June 24, 2013 @ 02:06 PM gHale

Operators restarted the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant in southwestern Michigan after finishing repairs to a water tank that leaked slightly radioactive water into Lake Michigan.

New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. idled the plant May 5 after operators found a tank leaking faster than regulations allow. Palisades returned to service about 2:10 p.m. Monday, said company spokeswoman Lindsay Rose.

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The plant is in Van Buren County’s Covert Township, MI, about 80 miles east-northeast of Chicago.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said there was no public health risk from the radioactive release.

The plant has had nine shutdowns since September 2011. Rose said the company redesigned the tank bottom to guard against future leaks.

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