Palisades nuclear plant shuts down to repair steam leak

Nov 5, 2012

Palisades nuclear power plant has shut down yet again.

The latest shutdown is the result of a steam leak inside the plant’s auxiliary building, the Associated Press reports.

From the AP:

Plant spokesman Mark Savage says in an email that operators removed the plant in Van Buren County's Covert Township from service Sunday afternoon. Savage says the leak can't be isolated or repaired with the plant in service, and the plant will be returned to service following repairs.

Palisades is owned by New Orleans-based Entergy Corp.

The plant has been designated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission as one of the nation's four worst-performing nuclear plants. Plant officials have said they've been working to improve the plant's safety culture.

Michigan Radio's Lindsey Smith has been following the problems at Palisades. As she reports, the plant successfully passed a two-day emergency drill just last week.

You can find a timeline of Palisades' shutdowns here.

Michigan Radio was unable to reach spokesperson Mark Savage for comment on the latest leak.

- Jordan Wyant, Michigan Radio Newsroom