Crack located in leaking Palisades tank as inspection continues
Caroline MacGregor May 14, 2013 | WGVU
Upton, Chair of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce reacted strongly to
news of the latest leak at Palisades in a tank used to cool the reactor,
calling upon NRC Commissioner, Kristine Svinicki, to accompany him
to look at the situation firsthand.
tank was emptied to locate the source of the leak which released 80 gallons of
diluted radioactive water into Lake Michigan. It first mixed with thousands of
gallons of non-radioactive water in a large basin; part of the plant’s cooling
system. The NRC’s limit for how much water can safely leak on any given day is
"conditions in the tank”
The leak has
been identified as a crack about half an inch in length located in welding
around one of nine nozzles in the tank. Tim Mitchell, Chief Operating Officer
for Palisades, says a total of three nozzles will have to be replaced.
"that needs to be corrected"
Upton says the plant will remain offline until a permanent solution is found.
operator of Palisades, will then make a decision on whether to replace the tank or consider
options that include installing a fiberglass liner to seal the base of the
The safety injection refueling water tank has experienced repeated leaks, including one last year that
seeped into the facility’s control room. Palisades has been removed from
service nine times in two years.
Palisades Nuclear Power Plant
will host a public open house uesday, 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 questions the public may have.
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