Palisades Nuke Plant Restarts After Week long Shutdown

October 03 00:00 2011

New York, October 3 ( – It was reported by utility officials that after being shut down for a week due to a mechanical problem, power generation at the Palisades nuclear plant was restarted Sunday by its operators. The breakdown of generation took place automatically Sept. 25 when two small pieces of metal inside the breaker panel touched and caused a short circuit.

Last week the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said that the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant which is located in Van Buren County’s Covert Township, would remain offline until the problem is identified and rectified. It is owned by New Orleans-based Energy Corp.

NRC spokeswoman Viktoria Mitlyng said Wednesday that steam containing a “tiny amount” of tritium, a radioactive isotope, escaped after the shutdown but it did not cause any safety risk and it was far below the regulatory limits. She further stated that the steam quickly dissipated in the atmosphere. In an email, Mark Savage, Entergy spokesman, Mark Savage, said that the plant “was returned to service and synchronized to the Michigan electrical grid … at 11:43 a.m.”

The cause of the breaker fault is being investigated by Palisades and Entergy teams. Savage said that the utility “will fully cooperate” with federal investigators.

Palisades had also shut down on Sept. 16 because of loss of water in the cooling system and it was returned to the grid several days later.