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"Flaws" found near reactor at Palisades Nuclear


COVERT (WKZO) -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says inspectors at the Palasades Nuclear Plant have found multiple flaws around the reactor.

As they explain it, there are 45 control rods that lift and drop the nuclear fuel in and out of the reactor vessel. That is how the reactor is controlled.

Inspectors have found cracks and flaws in 17 of the 45 housing units that contain the lifting mechanisms.

The NRC’s Viktoria Mitlyng says the plant is shut down for refueling and does not pose any immediate threat to the public.

She says the inspections were ordered because of a similar but more serious crack in 2012 that resulted in a leak that shut the plant down.

She says the housings on the lift mechanisms will have to be repaired or replaced before the reactor will be allowed to restart.

It’s just the latest issue for the aging nuclear plant on the Lake Michigan Shore.