NRC: Palisades Plant "addressed" Safety Problems; Extra Inspections Still Needed

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission or NRC said Friday it has concluded that the Palisades nuclear plant has "adequately addressed" last year's safety problems. The plant is owned by Entergy Nuclear Operations and is located in Covert, Michigan, approximately 40 miles west of Kalamazoo.

NRC has decided to deviate from its normal process to conduct over 1,000 hours of inspection next year beyond the 2,000 hours of so-called baseline inspections at nuclear plants annually.

Regulators said in a report that the plant has "adequately addressed" problems identified last year. But additional oversight is needed to ensure that the remaining corrective actions to improve the organization and strengthen the safety culture at the site are properly implemented and can be sustained.

The leaks that occurred at the plant in 2012 -- and the plant's proposed corrective actions are well understood so that these issues will not lead to additional safety concerns.

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