79 gallons of radioactive water' enters Lake Michigan

5:29 PM, May 6, 2013   |    comments
  • The Palisades Nuclear Power Plant near South Haven.
  • The Palisades Nuclear Plant has been shut down five times in 2012.
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COVERT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A federal safety official says that 79 gallons of "very slightly radioactive water" from a leaky tank at the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant spilled into Lake Michigan.

Operators of the southwestern Michigan plant shut it down Sunday after discovering a growing leak Saturday in a water storage tank.

The plant is 80 miles east-northeast of Chicago in Van Buren County's Covert Township. It's been under heightened Nuclear Regulatory Commission attention for a series of breakdown over two years.

NRC spokeswoman Viktoria Mitlyng told The Associated Press on Monday that investigators determined that 79 gallons entered a basin holding thousands of gallons of non-radioactive water before entering the lake.

She says there's no human health risk.

The NRC is sending a metallurgy expert to locate the source of the leak.

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