Palisades Returned to Service Ending Refueling Outage

May 12, 2012

Covert, Mich. - Palisades Nuclear Plant was returned to service Saturday morning, May 12, at 5:34 a.m. EDT, ending a 33 day, 19 hour, and 8 minute refueling and maintenance outage. The outage started on Sunday, April 8, at 10:26 a.m. EDT. During the outage, 64 new fuel assemblies were placed in the reactor. Other major work completed included an inspection of the two low pressure turbines and four moisture separator and re-heaters; an inspection and cleaning of the main condenser; and an inspection of the reactor vessel head.

A total of 1,200 additional supplemental workers assisted the plant's staff in completing the work safely. This is also the second refueling outage in a row at Palisades in which no lost-time accidents or OSHA recordable injuries were recorded.

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