Outrage: Congressman demands action at leaking U.S. nuclear plant — NRC needs to get serious on Palisades (VIDEO)

Published: May 8th, 2013 at 3:52 pm ET


WMUK: Congressman Fred Upton says he’s “outraged” by a new leak at the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant near south Haven. […] Although the NRC says the incident did not pose a threat to the public or plant workers, Palisades remains shutdown while the cause of the problem is investigated. […]

Enformable: Congressman: NRC needs to get serious on Palisades […] Congressman Fred Upton is demanding accountability and a permanent fix to the leaking tank at the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant on Lake Michigan, and says that he is “outraged” by the announced leak that escaped into the Great Lake over the weekend. “This situation is not acceptable and demands full accountability,” Upton said in a Tuesday news release.

Congressman Fred Upton: Upton Outraged over Palisades Leak, Demands Plant Remain Offline Until Problem is Completely Resolved […] Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph [chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce], shares the concerns of many with the presence of another tank leak that has again shut down the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant and is calling for the facility to remain offline until the problem is permanently fixed. […]

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Published: May 8th, 2013 at 3:52 pm ET


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27 comments to Outrage: Congressman demands action at leaking U.S. nuclear plant — NRC needs to get serious on Palisades (VIDEO)

  • For our grandchildren

    Fred Upton outraged?! Wow…this is a CYA political statement if there ever was one. The House Chair on Energy and Commerce has done nothing but support nuclear power. One of the biggest players in the expansion of nuclear power worldwide.

  • For our grandchildren

    And fracking. And Keystone pipeline. But maybe there's another Congressman Fred Upton…that must be it.

    • Cisco Cisco

      Right there, FOG
      So, who’s this guy Rep. Fred Upton, chairman commerce and energy committee?

      Just a lot of bluster and theater to take control of the event and make sure nobody gets too anxious about nuclear power. He has his generous benefactors to consider. Hey, 16 consecutive terms doesn’t come cheap, right? He'll call for a hearing if things get too hot, but most likely he’ll get the NRC to "fix" it for him. What's a good ole, 16 term republican to do!
      If he was poor and living off the taxpayers for 32 years, he'd be a bum; but, since he's a congressman and Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, he’s a respected statesman working for the people.
      Net Worth:From $7,391,218 to $24,365,000/Rank: 36th richest in House
      Who’s got ole Fred's ear?
      The 3rd largest donor to his 2012 campaign was Entergy, owner of the Palisades Power Plant, and owner of 11 other nuclear power generation stations including some of my favorites like Indian Point and Vermont Yankee. His 4th largest campaign donor was Southern Company owner of 3 nuclear power generation stations.

      For the record, the other 3 largest contributors were National Association of Broadcasters, VoteSane PAC, and Comcast.

      • Cisco Cisco

        Fred Upton…continued

        Top 5 Industries contributors 2011-2012, Campaign Cmte
        Pharmaceuticals/Health Products…$298,865, Health Professionals… $296,750, Electric Utilities…$274,500, Oil & Gas…$208,300, Lobbyists…$205,719

        Total Campaign Cycle funding 2011-2012 $4,129,538

        I wonder what his net worth was before he got on the dole 32 years ago?

        • Trawling4Trolls

          "I wonder what his net worth was before he got on the dole 32 years ago?"

          Palisadesnpo may know. You know, the guy who claims the water drip was borated. Primary loop coolant water, acidic, hot as a pistol barrel, dripping into the Control Room .. and 'humans' don't mind.


      • "The 3rd largest donor to his 2012 campaign was Entergy, owner of the Palisades."

        Thought this was worth repeating.

        What a real politician, of and for the people, would do is to denounce Nuclear Power as a travesty and an insidious legacy to all living things.

        I don't see any of them doing that for some reason. (?)

      • Fred

        Maybe we should move Entergy CEO and his family, along with old Friendly Fred and his family onto the Palisades NPP property so they can all breathe in that fresh, radioactive air, like the other people in the neighborhoods.

        If we require the CEOs of every NPP to live on the most troublesome plant's property, downwind of the stacks, I'll bet anyone the safety problems and deceit will get fixed really quick!

  • For our grandchildren

    He is an heir to The Whirlpool Corporation. Also used to be the Representative of Michigan's 4th district, home of Dow Chemical. His cousin is married to Aubrey McLendon, President of Chesapeake Energy, major fracker. Both Palisades and Cook NPPs are in his 6th district of Michigan. At least that's the Fred Upton I'm aware of. Don't know about the one who's outraged.

    • Cisco Cisco

      FOG…Theater, "he's working for people"!

      He's one of 16 grandchildren to the co-founder Fred Upton. I think he may have seen some inheritance, but just enough to buy a seat when he was 35. OpenSecrets.org shows his reporting of net worth between 7 and 24 million. You know how that goes.

      I think he amassed his real wealth as a congressman, not from a trust fund. I don't really know, just an educated guess.

  • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

    Took him (Upton)long enough.
    This plant has been having emergency shutdown on a regular basis for two years.
    Why has he been saving his outrage and only unleashing it now?

    Nuclear Hotseat covered the Palisades plant a little this week. It is at the beginning of the show. I'm quoted regarding Palisades.

    They have a very funny picture of a "leak kit" sent to Palisades.

    #99: San Onofre Heats Up: Friends of the Earth’s Kendra Ulrich

  • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

    For those of you near Kalamazoo, Michigan
    We are having a fundraiser. Here is a link to another ENENews thread where I posted it. A also posted a lot in the comments under the same article:


  • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

    If you see this just want you to know we will be glad to have you in the Great Lakes region when you move!

  • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

    Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds has a podcast that talks about Palisades and Fukushima

    Nuclear Regulators Stick Their Heads In The Sand http://fairewinds.org/content/fairewinds-podcast

  • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

    Beyond Nuclear Shares Rep. Upton's Outrage…U.S. House Energy and Commerce Chairman Upton "outraged" at latest Palisades leak, calls for safety water storage tank's replacement


  • For our grandchildren

    @enoughalready45. Rep. Upton's remark is actually a little disconcerting to me, simply due to this being the first time I am aware of that he has made a public statement that there may be something seriously amiss at Palisades. It seems that it would take something VERY seriously wrong for him to do that.

  • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

    @For our grandchildren

    Yes, why now? Maybe he knows more than we do or maybe there is some other reason that will eventually become clear. I could maybe it to death…maybe he is "outraged" to demand it be fixed so that he gets ahead of anyone that is "outraged" to the point of saying it should be shut down. It is easy to say it should be fixed now because the NRC is saying it should be fixed it is like making a big issue out of something that has to happen anyway.

    • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

      …maybe Palisades can't shutdown because after they were granted the 20 year license extension Entergy, the owner of Palisades, did something with the decommissioning fund that if it were "called in" right now they may have a problem with their bank account…

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Time for all Congressmen, Governors, and the President, to learn a bit about radiation, and pave the way to end nuclear plants.

  • dharmasyd dharmasyd

    Say it again, Sam and shamers"

    >>"…the NRC says the incident did not pose a threat to the public or plant workers…"<<

    Another day, another nuke accident, another disclaimer of danger.

    "Foolish Consistency is the hobghoblin of little minds." -Ralph Waldo Emerson.

    • Anthony Anthony

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  • Hey I'm not American but isn't it good a Republican is complaining about this?
    Maybe he really is waking up.

    • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

      My opinion on nucler power in America is that it is not a Republican or Democrat issue. Both sides are for it. Especially in my State of Illinois which has the most nuclear reactors and stored nuclear waste of any State. President Obama is also from our state. He is very aware of the problems with the nuclear industry and received significant donations from the nuclear industry for his campaign. We also have a Republican Rep. who signed a letter with lots of other Republicans Senators and Reps. to not put filters on vents in reactors as recommended by those that studied Fukushima for the NRC. So in Illinois nuclear power is a challenge to overcome with both parties.

      Yes the Democrats have a couple Senators and a few Representaives that have challenged the nuclear industry and that is the margin that makes them the more anti-nuclear of the two parties. The Republicans tend to go more out of their way to support the nuclear industry so that makes them more pro-nuclear.

      Yes it matters that Upton is a Republican and is even saying anything against Palisades. Really I think the bigger question is why now? As I have said in a previous post, what took him so long and I will add how much does it really matter now?

  • wetpwcas1 wetpwcas1

    Does he live close to the plant?