The Palisades nuclear power plant has been closed since Sunday with a radioactive water leak. The South Bend Tribune reported yesterday:
The entry into Lake Michigan of 79 gallons of what officials at the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission describe as “very slightly radioactive” water has drawn its share of attention, very little of it positive.
The leak from a water tank at the plant in Van Buren County’s Covert Township resulted in a plant shutdown Sunday and was the second such incident this year.
Particularly upset was the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Fred Upton:
The terse statement from the chairman … an advocate for nuclear power, called for the plant to remain off-line until the problem is permanently fixed.
“This situation is not acceptable and demands full accountability,” Upton said. “I have been in contact with both the NRC and Entergy and am demanding a permanent solution.”
The Tribune article also quoted a spokesman from Beyond Nuclear:
Also weighing in was Kevin Kamps, spokesman for the nuclear power plant watchdog Beyond Nuclear. The suggestion that there’s no threat to human health or safety should be taken “with a big grain of salt,” he said, adding that “claims of ‘very slightly radioactive’ water are akin to ‘a little bit pregnant.’
“Entergy and NRC should stop treating Lake Michigan as if it is a radioactive industrial sewer. It is the headwaters for 20 percent of the world’s surface fresh water, the Great Lakes,” he said. “The Great Lakes provide drinking water for 40 million people in eight U.S. states, two Canadian provinces and a large number of Native American first nations.”