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Michigan's nuclear plants in Bridgman and Covert are getting upgrades


COVERT (WKZO) -- The Chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says west Michigan’s two nuclear facilities are safe now and should be safer still when they have completed all the upgrades that are being required because of the disaster at the Fukashima plant in Japan.

Congressman Fred Upton and Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chariman Allison Macfarlane says the goal is to prevent a meltdown because of a natural disaster.

They want to be able to recover from the kinds of disasters that were not anticipated in Japan and resulted in the  nuclear disaster there. MacFarlane says she feels the Palisades Plant could do more to improve their public relations, but its operation is “Satisfactory”.

Upton and MacFarlane met with anti-nuclear groups and area politicians in a closed door session on Thursday and toured the two plants on Friday.