Agency finds Michigan plant breached security plan

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

COVERT TOWNSHIP, Mich. Federal regulators have determined Palisades Nuclear Plant staff willfully violated the plant's security plan in 2012.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports the Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued an order Tuesday to the owner of the Lake Michigan shoreline facility following a settlement.

The plant is owned by New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. and has had numerous shutdowns in recent years. Entergy's nuclear division disputes that the actions were willful. It has agreed to take corrective actions for failure to follow procedures.

The order involves an incident in which an unqualified employee filled two hours of a shift for a security department worker. Regulators say the incident was of very low security significance.

The agency said in June that plant operators have improved their safety performance but work culture problems persist.


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