Palisades leak 500 times less than legal limit

By: NewsCenter 16 Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Email

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is trying to clear up some speculation about the radioactive water leak at the Palisades nuclear plant last week.

WSJM reports that the NRC allows nuclear plants to release .1 rem of radiation per year. They say that's a safe level for humans. To put that in perspective, that's 500 times the amount leaked at Palisades. They typically release .0002 rem.
Nonetheless, Fred Upton is bringing an NRC commissioner to inspect the facility Monday. The plant has been leaking 38 gallons per day since 2012, and Upton wants to keep it out of operation until that leak is completely closed.

The NRC so far though says it's unnecessary. They say it's such a minor threat, that it would even be safe to drink directly from that leaking tank.

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