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Palisades plant remains offline indefinitely

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The Palisades Nuclear plant in Covert Township is in its second shutdown in less than a year.

The plant was taken offline May 5th after 80 gallons of water leaked from a tank.

Now, Washington, D.C. authorities are demanding a fix and protestors are demanding even more than that.

"Shut it down, replace it with wind power, solar power, energy efficiency," says protestor, Kevin Kamps with Beyond Nuclear.

Protestors stood outside Palisades as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Congressman Fred Upton took a tour of the leaky tank.

Tim Mitchell, who oversees the plant for Entergy, the company that owns it, says they're taking this leak just as seriously as the government.

"We're continuing to do a thorough inspection of the tank bottom, every inch of the tank bottom, every inch of ever weld in the tank bottom and we will continue to do that to make sure we've discovered anything that needs to be corrected," says Mitchell.

The plant had a similar problem last June.
Congressman Upton says he has faith the NRC will make sure the plant has the proper fix.

"Every option is on the table, including a new tank," says Upton.

But protestors say replacing the tank should be the minimum that done.

They say the 45-year-old plant has many other issues.

"This is a very problem plagued plant and we've dodged a lot of radioactive bullets here, but the longer you play radioactive Russian Roulette on the Lake Michigan shoreline, you're just really pushing your luck," says Kamps.

The NRC has added a thousand hours of monitoring for the plant, and says they'll put more time in if necessary.

"If we need to send additional experts beyond the thousand hours, we will do whatever it takes in order for us to be convinced that these corrective measures are going to be appropriate and adequate," says Nuclear Regulatory Commission, commissioner, Kristine Svidicki.

Those 80 gallons went into Lake Michigan, but Palisades says the leak posed no health threat.

If you have questions about Palisades, you're about to get a chance to have them answered.

There will be an open house for members of the community Tuesday, May 14th at 5 o'clock.

It will be held at the Beach Haven Event Center in South Haven.

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