Congressman Upton and NRC official will tour Palisades Monday
Caroline MacGregor May 10, 2013 | WGVU Congressman Upton,
Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, calls the situation
unacceptable and is demanding that Palisades remain shut down until a permanent
solution is found to the latest leak in one of its refueling water tanks.
The tank in
question was being emptied this week to locate the source of the leak. There are calls for the faulty tank to be
taken out and replaced with a new one. The current tank has had repeated leaks
including one that seeped into the facility’s control room.
Upton will join NRC
Commissioner Kristine Svinicki and plant officials during the visit. Upton has been
in close contact with the NRC and Entergy Corporation - the New Orleans-based
company that operates the facility near South Haven.
with Beyond Nuclear applauds Congressman Upton for holding Palisades
accountable but calls both the NRC's and Entergy’s reaction to the leak, quote,
"an automatic flip response.”
"I got angered by NRC and Entergy's response; they always do this, they say there's no risk to public safety but at the same time admit they don't know exactly how much water got out; they have this automatic assurance."
Terry Young vice
president of nuclear communications for Entergy Corporation, says they
are not playing down the situation.
"I think that the regulations that we follow - the very strict guidelines put together by the NRC are designed conservatively with the health and safety of the public in mind and when our releases are below that level then I believe that is effective and we are meeting that regulation and ensuring the safety and health of the public.
The plant was shut down four times last year and twice this year.
Palisades Nuclear Power Plant will
host a public open house on Tuesday, May 14 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Beach
Haven Event Center in South Haven. Palisades representatives will be on hand to
answer any questions the public may have.
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