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TIMELINE: 8 shutdowns at Palisades Nuclear Power Plant in past 2 years

Palisades Nuclear Power Plant.
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Palisades Nuclear Power Plant on the shores of Lake Michigan near South Haven.

Michigan Radio has been following the problems at the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant for the last several years.

Our West Michigan reporter, Lindsey Smith, has been on top of all the leaks, shutdowns, public meetings and visits from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Last February, after five shutdowns in one year, the NRC downgraded Palisades' safety rating. It was rated as one of the four worst in the country.

Then the plant shut down for water leak repairs three more times.

When the NRC came back in to inspect the plant in November, officials upgraded its safety level to the best possible rating due to an improved culture of safety and more inspectors on site.

Some residents who live near by aren't comforted by the improved safety rating, and they want the NRC to shut the plant down.

Sound confusing?

To clear up what's been happening at Michigan's oldest operating nuclear power plant, we created this timeline.

We'll keep it up to date as events unfold at Palisades.

You can also view it on a separate web page here.

-Elaine Ezekiel, Michigan Radio Newsroom

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