Four nuclear power plants on the Great Lakes rank among the nation’s worst for high level safety violations

February 22, 2014


All Things Great Lakes

A new government report on safety violations at nuclear power plants shows that four of the nation’s worst facilities (in terms of higher level violations) are located on the shores of the Great Lakes.

The Palisades nuclear power plant in West Michigan. The Palisades nuclear power plant in West Michigan recently spilled radioactive water into Lake Michigan.

The report by the General Accounting Office, the investigative arm of Congress, revealed several problems with how the Nuclear Regulatory Commission enforces safety regulations at the nation’s aging fleet of nuclear power plants. The Associated Press, which broke the story, said the GAO study  “showed that the number of safety violations at nuclear power plants varies dramatically from region to region, pointing to inconsistent enforcement in an industry now operating mostly beyond its original 40-year licenses. Read the entire AP story here.

Most alarming for those of us in the Great Lakes region was the GAO’s disclosure that four of…

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