NRC and Entergy defend safety at Palisades Nuclear Plant
Palisades Nuclear Plant Photo: flickr.com
Caroline MacGregor April 3, 2013 | WGVU The well attended meeting at South Haven's Beach Haven Event Center drew more calls for the plant to be shut down amid concerns over safety
violations at Palisades during the past year. While safety culture continues to
be addressed and NRC inspection teams monitor the plant’s response to
violations, many local residents still view the plant as a ticking time bomb. A
few audience members expressed concern about storage of nuclear waste at the
The NRC reviewed its annual assessment of Palisades and officials say plant operators took the
necessary action to address problems and several leaks at the plant last year were
classified as low risk. Additional inspections will take place over the next
year –1000 extra hours to be precise.
to a question about embrittlement of metals in the plant’s reactor,
spokeswoman, Prema Chandrathil, said the NRC maintains strict requirements to
ensure the reactor is not compromised.
“There are limits as to the plants being able to go ahead and being able to operate, it's called embrittlement and from a technical side it's called thermal shock.”
The NRC recently
held a webinair to help explain the meaning of embrittlement or pressurized
“As reactors operate you've got neutrons that are coming across striking the reactor and the plant needs to analyze that using all the different factors to do an analysis to show the NRC they are meeting the requirements. This is required for plants across the country, not just Palisades.”
Kevin Kamps, with Beyond Nuclear, says the plant is not safe and should be shut down,citing a leak last fall and operation of the plant during that time was in
violation of NRC safety regulations. The NRC is reviewing the leak and possible
enforcement steps. Palisades was upgraded last after being rated one of the
country’s lowest preforming nuclear plants in 2011.
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