Palisades Nuclear Plant http://michiganradio.org en Former Palisades workers claim retaliation for raising concerns http://michiganradio.org/post/former-palisades-workers-claim-retaliation-raising-concerns <p>Former workers at the Palisades nuclear plant are accusing management of lying to regulators about attempts to fix a work environment where managers put a chill on critical feedback from employees.&nbsp;</p><p>Thursday&nbsp;night’s meeting to review Palisades' performance last year started out pretty typically.</p><p>Regulators<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/nuclear-regulators-flag-concerns-over-safety-culture-among-security-officers-palisades"> noted a survey that found security officers fear retaliation if they raise certain concerns.</a></p><p>Company officials got a chance to respond. Otto Gustafson, Director of Regulatory and Performance Improvement at Palisades, said management is taking the concerns very seriously and outlined a plan to correct the problem.&nbsp;</p><p>But then Chris Malich stepped to the microphone during the public comment portion of the meeting and called Gustafson and other officials out.</p><p>“I’ve seen it over and over,” Malich told regulators, “They’ve said things are going to change, things are going to change, and they stay the same.” Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:15:06 +0000 Lindsey Smith 18182 at http://michiganradio.org Former Palisades workers claim retaliation for raising concerns Two meetings this week to discuss Palisades nuclear plant’s performance last year http://michiganradio.org/post/two-meetings-week-discuss-palisades-nuclear-plant-s-performance-last-year <p>People will get two opportunities this week to hear how the Palisades nuclear plant is doing. <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/timeline-8-shutdowns-palisades-nuclear-power-plant-past-2-years">Palisades was recently listed as one of the worst-performing plants in the country.</a></p><p>Regulators have raised the plant's official safety rating, but they say the safety culture among security staff still needs to improve.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 18091 at http://michiganradio.org Two meetings this week to discuss Palisades nuclear plant’s performance last year NRC chairwoman tours Michigan nuclear plants, downplays internal strife within agency http://michiganradio.org/post/nrc-chairwoman-tours-michigan-nuclear-plants-downplays-internal-strife-within-agency <p>The head of the nation’s nuclear regulatory agency toured two nuclear plants in southwest Michigan Friday.</p><p>NRC Chairwoman Allison Macfarlane wanted to see how the plants are doing in the wake of the disaster at a nuclear plant in Japan. Congressman Fred Upton joined Macfarlane for the visits to the Donald C. Cook Nuclear Plant and the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant, both of which are located in his district.</p><p>Nuclear regulators are requiring plants to upgrade equipment and emergency plans that take into account the meltdown of the Fukushima plant in 2011.</p> Sat, 07 Jun 2014 11:57:27 +0000 Lindsey Smith 17902 at http://michiganradio.org NRC chairwoman tours Michigan nuclear plants, downplays internal strife within agency Nuclear regulators flag concerns over safety culture among security officers at Palisades http://michiganradio.org/post/nuclear-regulators-flag-concerns-over-safety-culture-among-security-officers-palisades <p><em>This story was corrected to reflect how many security officers talked to the NRC. </em></p><p>Nuclear regulators have been interviewing certain Palisades employees as part of ongoing oversight to see if safety culture has improved at the nuclear plant near South Haven. That's after a <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/report-palisades-nuclear-plant-lack-accountability-all-levels">third-party report found </a>“examples of a lack of accountability at all levels at the Plant were evident.”</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 23:14:45 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16770 at http://michiganradio.org Nuclear regulators flag concerns over safety culture among security officers at Palisades Palisades Nuclear Plant proposes new design for historically problematic mechanisms http://michiganradio.org/post/palisades-nuclear-plant-proposes-new-design-historically-problematic-mechanisms <p>The Palisades power plant is proposing a new design that officials hope will help end a recurring problem.</p><p>The heat generated by its nuclear reactor is restrained in part by 45 control rods. The rod mechanisms at Palisades have an uncommon design (one of only two plants in the country) and have had a lot more problems than at other plants.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 22:39:30 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16253 at http://michiganradio.org Palisades Nuclear Plant proposes new design for historically problematic mechanisms Palisades nuclear plant taken offline to refuel http://michiganradio.org/post/palisades-nuclear-plant-taken-offline-refuel <p>COVERT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Operators of southwestern Michigan's Palisades Nuclear Power Plant say it's now offline for refueling and maintenance.<br /><br />New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. says operators took the plant out of service at 11 a.m. EST Sunday. It's located on the shore of lake Michigan in Van Buren County's Covert Township, about 55 miles southwest of Grand Rapids.<br /><br />Plant spokeswoman Lindsay Rose says workers will replace 64 fuel assemblies in the reactor as well doing maintenance, tests and inspections.<br /> Sun, 19 Jan 2014 23:34:58 +0000 The Associated Press 16087 at http://michiganradio.org Palisades nuclear plant taken offline to refuel Leaks fixed at Palisades plant, but public trust isn't fully repaired http://michiganradio.org/post/leaks-fixed-palisades-plant-public-trust-isnt-fully-repaired <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Public health should be about facts, but let’s face it -- it’s often also about perception and emotion.</span><br><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The Palisades plant is located not too far from where I live in West Michigan -– but before I go there, allow me a quick digression.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">I recently gave up diet soda.</span><br><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">I’m trying to be healthy and have been convinced by what I’ve read and been told that aspartame, the sweetener in diet pop, is really not a good thing to consume.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Is the evidence conclusive?</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">I don’t think so, but I certainly feel a whole lot better about myself now that I’ve kicked my addiction.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The emotional factors may not be so different with the Palisades nuclear power plant.</span></p><p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 14:51:52 +0000 Keith Oppenheim 13585 at http://michiganradio.org Leaks fixed at Palisades plant, but public trust isn't fully repaired In this morning's news: Medicaid expansion, Palisades Plant, and unemployment rates http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-medicaid-expansion-palisades-plant-and-unemployment-rates <p><strong>Medicaid bill expected next week</strong></p><p>The Medicaid expansion could reach a vote in the Michigan State Senate in late August.&nbsp; A first draft of the bill may be ready by next week.&nbsp; Michigan Radio’s Rick Pluta<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/state-senate-may-vote-next-month-expanding-medicaid-michigan"> reports</a> that Governor Rick Snyder “has said waiting until late August could jeopardize the state’s ability to get federal approval.”</p><p><strong>Palisades Nuclear Plant at risk of closing</strong></p><p>A new study puts the Palisades Nuclear Plant on a list of 12 plants at risk of closing before their licenses expire.&nbsp; The study was produced by Mark Cooper at the Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School.&nbsp; The list weighs factors such as repairs and safety improvement, and also includes the Davis-Besse plant near Toledo.&nbsp; Michigan Radio’s Lindsay Smith<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/palisades-davis-besse-list-dozen-nuclear-plants-most-risk-closing-early"> reports </a>“Cooper says nuclear plants are simply more expensive to run safely as they age. Plus the falling price of renewable energy and natural gas make nuclear power less competitive.”</p><p><strong>Michigan’s unemployment rate jumps</strong></p><p>Michigan’s monthly unemployment rate increased to 8.7%.&nbsp; Michigan Radio’s Rick Pluta<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigans-jobless-rate-ticks"> reports</a>, “There are actually about 9 thousand more people working in Michigan.&nbsp; But there are also more people who told the government’s monthly employment survey that they are looking for work.” Thu, 18 Jul 2013 11:35:23 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13593 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Medicaid expansion, Palisades Plant, and unemployment rates Palisades, Davis-Besse on list of dozen nuclear plants 'most at risk' of closing early http://michiganradio.org/post/palisades-davis-besse-list-dozen-nuclear-plants-most-risk-closing-early <p><a href="http://216.30.191.148/071713%20VLS%20Cooper%20at%20risk%20reactor%20report%20FINAL1.pdf">A new study </a>deems the Palisades Nuclear Plant one of a dozen in the country most at risk of closing before its operating license expires in 2031.</p><p>“I’m not making predictions here and I really do want to stress that,” the study’s author Mark Cooper told reporters on a press conference call Wednesday afternoon.</p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 23:04:11 +0000 Lindsey Smith 13590 at http://michiganradio.org Palisades, Davis-Besse on list of dozen nuclear plants 'most at risk' of closing early It’ll take months to determine any violations stemming from radioactive leak at Palisades http://michiganradio.org/post/it-ll-take-months-determine-any-violations-stemming-radioactive-leak-palisades <p>Federal nuclear regulators say it’ll be several weeks before they can determine if Entergy, the company that owns the Palisades Nuclear Plant, violated any regulations during an incident in May when 80 gallons of slightly radioactive water leaked into Lake Michigan.</p><p><em><strong>Related: <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/read-brief-summary-all-problems-palisades">Read this for a brief summary of all the problems at Palisades</a></strong></em></p><p>The <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/palisades-shutdown-comes-after-assumed-unplanned-release-radioactive-water-lake-michigan#comment-888147549">leak happened in May</a>. Regulators say there was no threat to public safety, and the leak is now fixed.</p><p>When workers fixed the leaky tank they discovered <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/palisades-springs-minor-leak-repairs-continue-tank-caused-shutdown">the sand bed that was supposed to be supporting the tank was never installed</a>. Palisades was built in 1968.</p><p>“If the causes (of there being no sand bed) were so long ago and it’s not indicative of recent performance then it’s assessed a little bit differently,” Jack Giessner said during a public forum held online Tuesday afternoon. Giessner is branch chief at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.</p><p>“It still may have some follow up needed but in general, it’s not like we’re going to try to interview people from 1968,” Giessner said. Wed, 17 Jul 2013 00:05:40 +0000 Lindsey Smith 13567 at http://michiganradio.org It’ll take months to determine any violations stemming from radioactive leak at Palisades This week nuclear regulators take questions on latest shutdown at Palisades Nuclear Plant http://michiganradio.org/post/week-nuclear-regulators-take-questions-latest-shutdown-palisades-nuclear-plant <p>Federal regulators <a href="http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/news/2013/13-027.iii.pdf">will host a public meeting this week</a> to recap the latest shutdown of the Palisades Nuclear Plant. The plant restarted about a month ago after fixing a water leak.</p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 13483 at http://michiganradio.org This week nuclear regulators take questions on latest shutdown at Palisades Nuclear Plant In this morning's news: Palisades re-opens, Detroit's water dept., MI attorney general election http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-palisades-re-opens-detroits-water-dept-mi-attorney-general-election <p><strong>Palisades returns to service</strong></p><p>The Palisades Nuclear Power Plant in southwestern Michigan re-opened yesterday after finishing repairs to a tank that leaked slightly radioactive water into Lake Michigan. The plant has had nine shutdowns since September 2011; company spokeswoman Lindsay Rose says the tank has been redesigned to guard against future leaks. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says there was no public health risk from the radioactive release.</p><p><strong>Detroit's water department</strong> <strong>faces restructuring </strong></p><p>Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr has big plans to restructure the city’s water department. It would largely keep the same governing structure, with representatives from Detroit and surrounding counties, but the authority would also pay Detroit to lease the department’s assets.</p><p>“Orr’s plan suggests that spinning the water department off to an authority would allow it refinance its debt, and borrow more readily for capital improvements,” Michigan Radio’s Sarah Cwiek <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/theres-some-pushback-against-kevyn-orrs-plan-detroits-water-department">reports</a>.</p><p><strong>MSU law professor running for Michigan attorney general</strong></p><p>Michigan State University law professor, Mark Totten, announced yesterday that he is running for Michigan attorney general in 2014. Totten, a Democrat, used to be a federal prosecutor. Democrats will choose their attorney general candidate at a nominating convention next year; no other Democratic candidates have entered the race yet. Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette is expected to seek re-election.</p><p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 11:41:58 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13101 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Palisades re-opens, Detroit's water dept., MI attorney general election Palisades nuke plant restarts after 43-day outage http://michiganradio.org/post/palisades-nuke-plant-restarts-after-43-day-outage <p>COVERT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Operators have restarted the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant in southwestern Michigan after finishing repairs to a water tank that leaked slightly radioactive water into Lake Michigan.<br><br>New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. 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.<br><br>The plant is in Van Buren County's Covert Township, about 80 miles east-northeast of Chicago,<br> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 23:15:38 +0000 The Associated Press 13098 at http://michiganradio.org Palisades springs minor leak as repairs continue to tank that caused shutdown http://michiganradio.org/post/palisades-springs-minor-leak-repairs-continue-tank-caused-shutdown <p>It’s been more than a month since the Palisades Nuclear Plant near South Haven shut down after an <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/palisades-shutdown-comes-after-assumed-unplanned-release-radioactive-water-lake-michigan?nopop=1">unexpected release of slightly radioactive water </a>into Lake Michigan.</p><p>Nuclear watchdog groups <a href="http://www.beyondnuclear.org/home/2013/6/6/palisades-springs-yet-another-leak-into-the-control-room-fai.html">are upset there was yet another leak</a> into the plant’s control room last week.</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 14:40:01 +0000 Lindsey Smith 12965 at http://michiganradio.org Palisades springs minor leak as repairs continue to tank that caused shutdown Read this for a brief summary of all the problems at Palisades http://michiganradio.org/post/read-brief-summary-all-problems-palisades <p>Operators at Palisades Nuclear Power Plant announced yesterday that it will take until early summer to repair the plant and get it back online.</p><p>The plant was shut down after it was discovered that radioactive water had been entering Lake Michigan.</p><p>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.</p><p>This time the <a href="http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1312/ML13129A438.pdf">water leaked onto the roof, down the roof drains, and out into the lake</a>.</p> Tue, 21 May 2013 16:00:05 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12658 at http://michiganradio.org Read this for a brief summary of all the problems at Palisades Palisades water tank repairs take to early summer http://michiganradio.org/post/palisades-water-tank-repairs-take-early-summer <p>COVERT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Operators of the idled Palisades Nuclear Power Plant in southwestern Michigan say repairs to a tank that leaked slightly radioactive water into Lake Michigan will take until early summer to complete.<br><br>The plant is in Van Buren County's Covert Township, about 80 miles east-northeast of Chicago,<br><br>New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. idled the plant May 5 after operators found a tank leaking faster than regulations allow. Some slightly radioactive water entered Lake Michigan, but the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says there was no public health risk. Tue, 21 May 2013 01:45:58 +0000 The Associated Press 12653 at http://michiganradio.org Residents, regulators, activists and plant workers mingle at Palisades’ open house http://michiganradio.org/post/residents-regulators-activists-and-plant-workers-mingle-palisades-open-house <p></p><p>Even though Palisades is temporarily shut down, the nuclear power plant last night held a public open house it had scheduled more than a month ago.</p><p>In a small conference center in South Haven Tuesday night, anti-nuclear activists mingled with federal nuclear regulators, residents, and plant workers. Palisades Site Vice President Tony Vitale says that's a good thing. He says the open house is designed for people in the community to come talk to some of the plant workers firsthand.</p><p>“We’re not hiding anything. We want to run, and will run, and I will demand we run a transparent operation,” Vitale said.</p><p> Wed, 15 May 2013 11:17:01 +0000 Lindsey Smith 12571 at http://michiganradio.org Residents, regulators, activists and plant workers mingle at Palisades’ open house The latest on the leak at Palisades Nuclear Power Plant http://michiganradio.org/post/latest-leak-palisades-nuclear-power-plant <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In West Michigan, crews are continuing to try and figure out what caused the release of slightly radioactive water from the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant in southwest Michigan.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The plant was shut down a little over a week ago because of the leak, and crews say they have discovered a new crack in a water tank that's been leaking on and off for at least two years.</span></p><p>Michigan Radio's West Michigan reporter Lindsey Smith joined us today to talk about</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 14 May 2013 20:54:41 +0000 Stateside Staff 12561 at http://michiganradio.org The latest on the leak at Palisades Nuclear Power Plant Stateside for Tuesday, May 14, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-may-14-2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Detroit Mayor Dave Bing announced he will not run for re-election. What does this means for the city moving forward while currently under emergency management?</span></p><p>And we took a look at what's behind Michigan's high infant mortality rate.</p><p>And author, theologian, preacher, and social activist Jim Wallis joined us to talk about his book and <em>The Common Good</em> for America.</p><p>But first in the show, we got an update on the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant, where crews are trying to figure out what caused the release of slightly radioactive water.</p><p>The plant was shut down a little over a week ago because of the leak, and crews say they have discovered a new crack in a water tank that has been leaking on and off for at least two years. Michigan Radio reporter Lindsey Smith discussed the issue with us. Tue, 14 May 2013 20:52:36 +0000 Stateside Staff 12562 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, May 14, 2013 Palisades closer to solving leaky tank issues, Upton says he’ll return before plant reopens http://michiganradio.org/post/palisades-closer-solving-leaky-tank-issues-upton-says-he-ll-return-plant-reopens <p>Crews are still trying to figure out exactly what caused an unplanned release of slightly radioactive water from the Palisades Nuclear Plant last week. They have discovered a new crack in a water tank that’s been leaking on and off for at least two years.</p><p>The plant was shut down a little over a week ago because of the leak.</p><p>“The risk to the plant safety was very small. There really was no increased risk,” Palisades Chief Operating Officer Tim Mitchell told reporters Monday afternoon. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 14 May 2013 15:41:30 +0000 Lindsey Smith 12557 at http://michiganradio.org Palisades closer to solving leaky tank issues, Upton says he’ll return before plant reopens