Thursday, 30 August 2012

Palisades Nuclear Plant Returned To Service

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The Palisades nuclear plant in southwestern Michigan returned to service Thursday following a shutdown that began Aug. 12 because of a minor steam leak.
The plant in Covert Township will be brought up to full power over several days, spokesman Mark Savage said. It has received more attention since February, when the Nuclear Regulatory Commission labeled it one of the nation's four worst-performing nuclear plants.
The increased scrutiny followed performance and equipment failures. One lapse was an electrical fault caused by plant workers that shut down the reactor and half of the control room indicators and triggered safety systems that actual conditions did not justify. In another instance, a water pump failed.
Anti-nuclear activists have called for closing the plant. But the NRC told nearby residents this year that there was no reason to fear for their safety.  (original...|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

Fermi 3 opposition takes legal action to block new nuclear reactor

A coalition of environmental groups is asking federal regulators to put the brakes on the proposed expansion of the Fermi nuclear power plant in Monroe County on the grounds that it is unnecessary and poses threats to the environment and human health.
Beyond Nuclear, Citizens for Alternatives to Chemical Contamination, Citizens Environment Alliance of Southwestern Ontario, Don’t Waste Michigan and the Sierra Club, are all representing locals who live within 50 miles of Fermi and therefore have legal standing to intervene in the reactor permitting process.
According to Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman Scott Burnell, the Atomic.(Keep reading.....  ----------------------------------------------------------

Feds: No danger from Michigan Palisades water tank leak

Fed regulators say water tank leak at Palisades nuclear plant poses no health or safety risk



WWMT Newschannel 3 :: News - Top Stories - Mich. reminds people near Palisades about pills
Friday, July 20 2012, 09:26 AM EDT
Mich. reminds people near Palisades about pills
COVERT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Michigan health officials are reminding people who live, work or visit within 10 miles of Palisades nuclear plant in southwestern Michigan to have potassium iodide pills on hand.
The Michigan Department of Community Health makes the pills available for free to people near the plant and the state's other nuclear power plants.
The pills may help prevent illnesses associated with radioactive iodine if an accident were to occur. reports the department issued the reminder this week.
New Orleans-based Energy Corp. owns the plant in Van Buren County's Covert Township. Palisades has been designated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission as one of the nation's four worst-performing nuclear plants, and it's come under increased public and federal scrutiny recently.
Entergy says it's working to improve the plant's safety culture.


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