Palisades Shut Down. Small Amount of Radioactive Water Leaks into Lake Michigan

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

COVERT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- A federal safety official says that 79 gallons of "very slightly radioactive water" from a leaky tank at the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant spilled into Lake Michigan.
Operators of the southwestern Michigan plant shut it down Sunday after discovering a growing leak Saturday in a water storage tank.
The plant is 80 miles east-northeast of Chicago in Van Buren County's Covert Township. It's been under heightened Nuclear Regulatory Commission attention for a series of breakdown over two years.
NRC spokeswoman Viktoria Mitlyng told The Associated Press on Monday that investigators determined that 79 gallons entered a basin holding thousands of gallons of non-radioactive water before entering the lake.
She says there's no human health risk.
The NRC is sending a metallurgy expert to locate the source of the leak.

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  • by Anonoymous Location: Michigan on May 6, 2013 at 04:26 PM
    Just another dent in the ever-destroying of our earth and the beautiful waters of Lake Michigan, I'll be sure and swim near there- super nice of them to shut it down 'AFTER' it leaked, how about monitoring it for safety and 'PREVENTING' it from leaking. And to say there is no human health risk, we'll we certainly hope not.
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