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Regulators: SW Mich. Nuke Plant Had More Leaks

Wed, 07/17/2013 - 4:54pm

COVERT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Regulators say southwestern Michigan's Palisades Nuclear Power Plant has had two leaks since shutting down in May to repair a leaking water storage tank.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports Wednesday the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is investigating at least one of the leaks as well as the May 5 incident that leaked slightly radioactive water into Lake Michigan.

Jack Geissner, a commission branch chief, said Tuesday the most recent leak occurred last Wednesday in a pipe in the service water system. The other in a control room involved a small amount of water from the control room ceiling dripping onto a panel.

Palisades reopened June 17 from its latest shutdown. It's had nine since September 2011.

The plant owned by New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. is in Van Buren County's Covert Township.

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

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