Palisades Nuclear Plant Completes Refueling & Upgrade Outage

 Palisades Nuclear Plant Completes Refueling & Upgrade Outage

After a $121 million upgrade and refueling project, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said it returned the Palisades nuclear power plant in Michigan back to its highest safety category.
Plant owner Entergy (NYSE: ETR) returned the plant to service Oct. 19 after it completed the project. Workers completed safety enhancements in compliance with requirements in place after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident. It was shut down Sept. 16. More than 1,600 workers were on site to complete the refueling, inspections, replacements and other upgrades.
In March, the NRC said it was increasing oversight of Palisades because workers failed to accurately calculate radiation doses during a 2014 control rod replacement project. NRC moved the plant from Column 1 to Column 2 of the action matrix. In September, NRC inspectors checked the corrective actions and moved the plant back into Column 1 of the oversight process.
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