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Palisades gets upgrade, but N.R.C. wants to keep monitoring operations


COVERT (WKZO) -- The Palisades Nuclear plant is being upgraded from a #3 ranking to a #1 after beefed up Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspections, repairs and a lot of extra work to improve the quality of the performance of the staff and their training at the facility in Covert on the Lake Michigan Shore.

The plant fell in the rankings to near the bottom of the pile earlier this year to a number three ranking after a series of missteps and failing equipment forced the reactor to be scrammed several times

Despite the improved ranking, NRC Spokesperson Victoria Mitlyng says they plan to increase inspections by a thousand hours over the next year, because of a reoccurring problem with leaks at the plant. The most recent occurred just this past weekend.