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Read this for a brief summary of all the problems at Palisades

The SIRWT tank on top of Palisades Nuclear Power Plant
Mark Savage
The 'safety injection refueling water storage tank' (SIRWT) sits above the control room at the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant.

Operators at Palisades Nuclear Power Plant announced yesterday that it will take until early summer to repair the plant and get it back online.

The plant was shut down after it was discovered that radioactive water had been entering Lake Michigan.

The leak came from a water storage tank that has continually caused problems at Palisades. Water from the tank dripped into the plant’s control room in May of 2011.

This time the water leaked onto the roof, down the roof drains, and out into the lake.

Michigan Radio’s Lindsey Smith has been on top of all the events taking place at Michigan’s oldest operating nuclear power plant.

With all the shutdowns and investigations, following this story can be a little difficult, so we compiled a timeline of the recent problems at Palisades.

It has been shutdown 10 times since January 2011.

Check out the timeline below, or view a larger version in a separate window at this link.

- Julia Field, Michigan Radio Newsroom

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