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Posted: Monday, 06 May 2013 2:20PM

NRC: 79 Gallons Of Mildly Radioactive Water From Palisades Released

A leaking water tank is blamed for the latest shutdown at the Palisades nuclear power plant. Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokeswoman Viktoria Mitlyng says over the weekend, some "mildly radioactive" water got into Lake Michigan after the leak rate spiked from one gallon per day to 90 and prompted the shutdown.


She stresses the water was so diluted by the time it reached the lake that it posed no threat to the water, wildlife or people. The NRC is sending in a specialist to work with Palisades crews and inspectors on fixing the problem. The same tank sprung a leak in 2012 that resulted in Palisades being shut down. There is no timetable yet as to when the fixes will be made and the plant will be back in service.


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