Feds Downgrade Mich. Nuclear Plant Over Safety



Salon Staff
February 15, 2012 2:09AM (UTC)

COVERT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has downgraded a nuclear power plant in southwestern Michigan following an investigation of two incidents last year that raised safety concerns.

The commission notified the Palisades plant Tuesday of its decision.

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The agency groups nuclear plants into one of five regulatory columns, depending on their performance. Palisades will join two others in the third category: the Perry Nuclear Power Plant's Unit 1 generator near Cleveland and the Susquehanna Nuclear Power Plant's Unit 1 generator in Berwick, Pa.

The only reactor that ranks lower is Browns Ferry Unit 1 near Athens, Ala.

Palisades spokesman Mark Savage says violations that caused the commission investigation involved equipment or maintenance. He says the plant is operating safely.

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Palisades is owned by New Orleans-based Entergy Corp.


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