1000 extra workers onsite at Palisades for plant refueling
Palisades Nuclear Plant Photo: flickr.com
Caroline MacGregor January 20, 2014 | WGVU On 11am on Sunday,
control room operators removed Palisades from service for its 23rd
refueling and maintenance outage.
“various plant equipment”
spokeswoman, Lindsey Rose says typically during any refueling outage they
replace a third of the plant’s older fuel with new fuel.Plant operators are working to a tight schedule but the estimated date of the plant’s
return to service cannot be revealed, Rose says, due to reasons that are
replace 64 fuel assemblies in the reactor as carry out maintenance, tests and
inspections. Nearly 1,000 outside workers, many of whom are Entergy workers
from other nuclear plants along with contract workers, will join Palisade’s
staff plant's staff of 600 full-time employees.
NRC inspectors on site during the outage. Rose says their Palisades remains in
column one of the NRC’s Reactor oversight process which is the Nuclear
Regulatory Commission’s highest safety category.
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