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US: Safer, but culture flaws linger at Palisades

June 26, 2014
Associated Press

SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — Federal regulators say that Palisades nuclear plant operators have improved their safety performance, but work culture problems persist at the Lake Michigan shoreline facility.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission held a public meeting Thursday night to discuss a safety assessment of the southeastern Michigan plant.

The meeting was in South Haven, about 5 miles from the plant in Van Buren County's Covert Township.

Commission Regional Administrator Cynthia Pederson tells The Associated Press that a letter to plant management cited both the improvements and the concerns.

She says people at the bottom of the command structure must feel free to report issues to higher-ups.

New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. owns the plant, which has had numerous shutdowns in recent years. It went online at 2:40 p.m. Thursday after a 5 ½-day maintenance shutdown.



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