Caroline MacGregor May 7, 2013 | WGVU
Plant remains shut down today after a leak was discovered Saturday in water storage
tank. The same tank had a leak in 2012.
gallons of diluted radioactive water was released into Lake Michigan after
first mixing with thousands of gallons of non-radioactive water in a large
basin which is part of the plant’s cooling system.
limit for how much water can safely leak each day is 38 gallons.
spokeswoman, Prema Chandrathil, says the diluted water poses no threat to plant
workers or public safety but admits Palisades needs to address this latest leak
“concern to us”
The tank in
question has undergone three repairs in the past year. The NRC upped its normal
number of inspections for Palisades by 1000 after a series of leaks and
shutdowns over the past two years.
will be scheduled in the near future to inform the public about the leak and
measures taken to correct it. That includes draining the faulty tank so that
inspectors can identify exactly where the leak is coming from.
of “Beyond Nuclear” believes the latest incident is more proof the plant
is old and not safe and should be shut down.
was upgraded last year from the poorest rating for nuclear plants in the
country to the safest.
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