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Tour & open house for nuclear plant following leak

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At the request of Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, one of the five Commissioners of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will visit the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant at 4:30pm this afternoon. The facility went offline due the presence of a water tank leak on Sunday, May 5.

NRC Commissioner Kristine L. Svinicki will be accompanied by Upton and plant officials during the visit.  In the past, Upton has called for the facility to remain offline until the problem is permanently fixed and resolved. 

You may not be able to get a tour of the facility, like Congressman Upton and Commissioner Svinicki, but you can share your thoughts on the plant with representatives tomorrow. 

The power plant is hosting an 'open house' event for the public at 5:00pm on Tuesday.  Palisades representatives will be available at the Beach Haven Event Center in South Haven to discuss various plant topics with the public.

"The purpose of this open house is to continue open communications with our local community members. We believe that our own employees are the best source of accurate information regarding Palisades operations, and we want to provide the opportunity to meet and interact with the nuclear professionals who work tirelessly to ensure that Palisades operates safely day in and day out," says Palisades Site Vice President Tony Vitale.

FOX28's Amanda Tetlak will be at today's plant tour as well.  You can hear what congressman Upton has to say tonight on FOX28 News at 10.

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