Traverse City Record-Eagle

Michigan

June 23, 2012

Palisades nuclear plant in shutdown

COVERT TOWNSHIP — A spokesman says work continues at the Palisades nuclear plant 10 days after the southwestern Michigan facility was shut down to repair a leak in a water tank.

According to the Kalamazoo Gazette, Palisades spokesman Mark Savage said Friday crews are analyzing and evaluating the tank.

The plant in Van Buren County's Covert Township voluntarily shut down June 12.

The tank with the leak contained 300,000 gallons of borated water, which is used to cool the reactor when the plant's nuclear fuel is replaced or to cool the core in the event of an emergency.

Savage says repair work is ongoing, and no date has been set for the plant to reopen.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has said the leak isn't a threat to public or plant safety.

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Information from: Kalamazoo Gazette, http://www.mlive.com/kalamazoo

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