COVERT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - A southwest Michigan U.S. representative says that the Palisades nuclear power plant should remain shut down for now after it "very slightly radioactive water" leaked into Lake Michigan.
About 79 gallons of radioactive water flowed into the lake over the weekend, prompting a shutdown of the Covert Township plant on Sunday, according to the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Officials say there is no threat to public health.
Congressman Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) released a statement Tuesday afternoon saying that the plant should remain offline until the problem with a leaky tank is permanently resolved.
"This situation is not acceptable and demands full accountability," Upton said in the statement. "I have been in contact with both the NRC and Entergy and am demanding a permanent solution."
Among the possible solutions, he said, is completely replacing the faulty tank, which he said is expected to be emptied by the end of the week as plant officials look for the cause of the leak.
He has scheduled a meeting with a member of the NRC to inspect the leak.
"I expect to personally visit the facility with an NRC commissioner in the very near future. When it comes to nuclear energy, safety must always come first, and without that assurance by the NRC, the facility needs to stay offline," Upton stated.
Upton is the chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
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