COVERT TOWNSHIP (AP) — A Nuclear Regulatory Commission member and a Michigan congressman plan to visit the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant, which was taken off line over a repeated water leak problem.
New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. shut the plant Sunday, one day after operators found a tank leaking faster than regulations allow permit. Some slightly radioactive water entered Lake Michigan, but the NRC says there’s no health risk.
Republican U.S. Rep Fred Upton of St. Joseph announced Wednesday that he and Commissioner Kristine Svinicki will visit the plant next Monday. Upton has said the plant should remain closed until the leak is permanently fixed.
Palisades is along Lake Michigan in Van Buren County’s Covert Township, 80 miles east-northeast of Chicago. It’s had nine shutdowns since September 2011.