Title: The Palisades’ Shutdown Explained
Source: U.S. NRC Blog
Date: November 6, 2012
h/t Anonymous tips
The Palisades nuclear plant in Michigan shut down Sunday after workers noticed steam leaking from a drain valve on the piping from one of the reactor’s two steam generators. The shutdown was uneventful, and the NRC has no immediate safety concerns with this issue.
Here’s what happened: [...]
It contained small amounts of radioactive tritium, but at levels far below regulatory limits. It will be disposed of as low-level radioactive waste. After shutting down, plant operators vented steam from the same system into the atmosphere through an established monitored release path. [...]
Title: Palisades Nuclear Plant shuts down again, adding to concerns
Author: Alex Shabad
Date: Nov. 5, 2012
The Palisades Plant has shut down five times this year alone, including this latest incident.
[...] Mark Savage, communications manager with the Palisades Nuclear Plant [said] “We are maintaining the plant everyday,” he says. “Our operators make rounds, and this was a great catch by the operator.”
“That’s terrible,” says [resident Marian Anderson] about the latest shutdown. “That just adds to the terrible reputation that they’ve got.”
Published: November 6th, 2012 at 4:31 pm ET