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Posted: Thursday, 30 January 2014 4:20PM

CRDM Issues Found During Palisades Refueling Outage



Nuclear regulators and Palisades employees are working to fix issues with control rod drive mechanism housings. Flaws were found Wednesday during the refueling shutdown, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says in a statement the CRDM issue has no adverse effect on plant or public safety. After inspecting all 45 CRDM housings, it was determined by Palisades officials there are flaws in 17 of them and work is ongoing to make fixes. The control rods are designed to absorb neutrons to control the nuclear reaction, and the flaws are not in the reactor itself.

   

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