Work to continue to boost Palisades plant safety

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Officials say more work and inspections are planned to help continue improving safety at the Palisades nuclear plant in southwestern Michigan.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said last week the plant in Van Buren County's Covert Township operated safely in 2012. NRC staff members discussed their assessment of the plant's performance during a public meeting Tuesday night in South Haven.

Representatives of New Orleans-based Entergy Corp., which owns the plant, also attended. They say they're working to improve safety.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports the NRC says it plans to continue the normal 2,000 hours of inspections and will conduct an additional 1,000 hours of inspections over the next year.

The agency downgraded the plant's status last year because of safety violations in 2011. Officials say problems have been cleared up.

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