Palisades Nuclear Power Plant

September 19, 2011


As reported in the Grand Rapids Press

COVERT — Palisades nuclear power plant on Lake Michigan south of South Haven was shut down shortly before 3 p.m. Friday when a leak was discovered in a valve in the system that cools the reactor.

The plant will remain out of service until work and testing are completed, which should be “soon,” according to Palisades spokesman Mark Savage.The reactor is in a stable condition, workers isolated the leak Friday, and started work Saturday to repair the valve, Savage said.

Routine monitoring of pressure revealed the leak, Savage said.

While the plant is shut down, workers also added oil to a coolant pump reservoir, but the focus is on getting the leaking valve repaired and tested, Savage said, and that’s in progress. He said customers won’t be affected by the plant shutdown.

He would not speculate how long it would be before the plant is returned to service.

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