Federal regulators are assuring the public that the Palisades nuclear power plant in southwestern Michigan is safe as nearby residents express concerns about the facility.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission held a public meeting Wednesday night in South Haven. Last month, the NRC announced that safety violations had led them to downgrade the plant to a status held by just two others in the U.S.
The NRC has said Palisades' demotion means the plant will get closer scrutiny and a team inspection to determine whether staffers understand what caused their violations and have taken steps to prevent them from happening again.
The plant is in Van Buren County's Covert Township on the Lake Michigan shoreline. Palisades is owned by New Orleans-based Entergy Corp., which also says the plant is safe.