Officials: Palisades safer, but culture flaws linger

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. Federal regulators say that Palisades nuclear plant operators have improved their safety performance, but work culture problems persist at the Lake Michigan shoreline facility.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission held a public meeting Thursday night to discuss a safety assessment of the southeastern Michigan plant.

The meeting was in South Haven, about 5 miles from the plant in Van Buren County's Covert Township.

Commission Regional Administrator Cynthia Pederson tells The Associated Press that a letter to plant management cited both the improvements and the concerns.

She says people at the bottom of the command structure must feel free to report issues to higher-ups.

New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. owns the plant, which has had numerous shutdowns in recent years. It went online at 2:40 p.m. Thursday after a 5 ½-day maintenance shutdown.

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