Palisades Nuclear Plant Returns to Service

The Palisades nuclear plant in southwestern Michigan returned to service Saturday after going offline on April 8th for scheduled refueling and maintenance.

The 41-year-old plant has been under NRC scrutiny because of a series of safety problems in recent months.

Officials from Entergy, which owns Palisades, said in March there had been a shift in the safety culture at the plant, with employees doubling the number of reports about problems at the plant in recent months.

During the outage, 64 new fuel assemblies were placed in the reactor, as well as extensive cleanings and inspections performed by the 1,200 supplemental workers helping the permanent Palisades staff complete the work.