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Nuclear regulators schedule public meeting to discuss Palisades safety upgrade

Mark Savage

Top federal nuclear regulators will be in South Haven early next month to discuss the Palisades nuclear power plant’s recent safety rating upgradewith the community.

Palisades has had a rough couple of years. Its safety rating was downgraded to one of the worst in the country in February following a number of problems in 2011. And it’s had a series of water leaks this year that have forced a number of shutdowns to make repairs.

But after a major inspection this fall, nuclear regulators declared the poor safety record improved; upgrading the safety rating from one of the worst to the safest category. Because of all the leaks this year, regulators will maintain a higher level of scrutiny at the plant.

This week the Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced it’ll hold a public meeting in South Haven December 11th at 6p.m. at the Beach Haven Event Center to discuss the inspection and plans for oversight next year.

Lindsey Smith is a Peabody Award-winning journalist currently leading the station's Amplify Team. She previously served as Michigan Public's Morning News Editor, Investigative Reporter and West Michigan Reporter.
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