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Michigan's Palisades nuclear power plant downgraded over safety concerns

The Palisades nuclear power plant along the shore of Lake Michigan near South Haven, MI.

The Palisades nuclear power plant near South Haven, Michigan has been listed as one of the nation's poorest performing in terms of safety violations, according to the Nuclear Regulatrory Commission.

More from the Associated Press:

COVERT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has downgraded the Palisades nuclear power plant in southwestern Michigan following an investigation of two incidents last year that raised safety concerns. The NRC notified the plant Tuesday of its decision. The agency groups nuclear plants into one of five regulatory columns depending on their performance, with the fifth category being the worst. Palisades was bumped from the second to the third column. The Kalamazoo Gazette reports that Palisades is one of only four plants in the nation in either the third or fourth columns. None are in the fifth. Palisades spokesman Mark Savage tells The Associated Press the violations that caused the NRC investigation involved equipment or maintenance. He says the plant is operating safely. Palisades is owned by New Orleans-based Entergy Corp.

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