Entergy's Palisades plant restarts after outage

Entergy: Palisades nuclear plant restarts after 43-day shutdown to fix leaky water tank

Associated Press

COVERT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- Entergy Corp. on Monday restarted the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant in southwestern Michigan after finishing repairs to a water tank that leaked slightly radioactive water into Lake Michigan.

New Orleans-based Entergy idled the plant May 5 after operators found a tank leaking faster than regulations allow. Company spokeswoman Lindsay Rose says it returned to service about 2:10 p.m. Monday.

The plant is in Van Buren County's Covert Township, about 80 miles east-northeast of Chicago,

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says there was no public health risk from the radioactive release.

The plant which has had nine shutdowns since September 2011.

Rose says the company redesigned the tank bottom to guard against future leaks.

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