Palisades offline; NRC rebukes plant for "chilled work environment" in security department
Caroline MacGregor June 23, 2014 | WGVU “This was a planned outage; we've been monitoring the seal for quite some time and decided to do it now to position the plant for reliable energy production for the summer when energy demand is higher."
Palisades spokeswoman, Lindsay Rose,
who says the seal is on a primary coolant pump that prevents the reactor from overheating.
One of the seal’s four layers was malfunctioning and will be completely
replaced. Rose says the outage duration is expected to be brief.
plant completed its refueling outage in March, Rose says they had not had any
However, while the Nuclear Regulatory
Commission has approved a higher safety rating for Palisades, areas of concern
linger, including worker morale.
On Friday, the NRC admonished plant officials in
a letter for the ongoing "chilled work environment" within Palisade’s
Security Department. Palisades has 30 days to respond with proof they’re fixing
Palisades is noted as one of the worst
performing plants in the country. Last year the plant accidentally leaked “slightly”
radioactive water into Lake Michigan. During repairs
earlier this year to the vessel containing the nuclear reactor, a foreign
object was discovered.
Rose says Palisades continues to hold
public meetings to address the concern of local residents and others.
“Tuesday, June 24th at the Beach Haven Event Center from 5-7pm to discuss various topics stemming from our refueling outage and other items of public interest.”
an NRC open house from 5-6 p.m. will be followed by a formal public meeting from
6-8:30 to discuss the plant’s 2013 performance and NRC inspection activities to
date. The meeting will also be held at the Beach Haven Event Center.
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