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Environment & Climate Change

Palisades nuke plant restarts after 43-day outage

COVERT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Operators have restarted the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant in southwestern Michigan after finishing repairs to a water tank that leaked slightly radioactive water into Lake Michigan.

New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. idled the plant May 5 after operators found a tank leaking faster than regulations allow. Company spokeswoman Lindsay Rose says it returned to service about 2:10 p.m. Monday.

The plant is in Van Buren County's Covert Township, about 80 miles east-northeast of Chicago,

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says there was no public health risk from the radioactive release.

The plant which has had nine shutdowns since September 2011.

Rose says the company redesigned the tank bottom to guard against future leaks.

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