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Palisades nuclear plant returned to service

Aug 30th, 2012 - State News

COVERT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The Palisades nuclear plant in southwestern Michigan has been returned to service following a shutdown that began earlier this month because of a minor steam leak.

Spokesman Mark Savage says in an email that the plant in Van Buren County's Covert Township will be returned to full power over the next several days. It was returned to service Thursday morning following repairs.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has been investigating. The agency said the leak was coming from a control rod drive, which is part of the mechanism for shutting down the reactor. It said steam was confined to the building that houses the reactor, and no radiation escaped into the environment.

The plant owned by New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. was shut down starting Aug. 12.

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