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12:14 pm
Sat February 16, 2013

Palisades nuclear plant shut down for repairs

COVERT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The Palisades nuclear power plant in southwestern Michigan has been shut down for repairs after workers spent several days trouble-shooting its cooling water heat exchanger system.

Plant spokesman Mark Savage said in an email that the plant was disconnected from the state's electrical grid just before 5 p.m. Friday. He gave no timetable for the repairs but says the plant along Lake Michigan's shoreline in Van Buren County's Covert Township would be returned to service when they are completed.

Savage says electrical work on the main generator disconnect switch in the plant's switchyard also will be performed.

The plant owned by New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. has been under extra scrutiny by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission after numerous safety issues and shutdowns.