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Congressman Fred Upton returns to inspect the Palisades Nuclear plant


COVERT (WKZO) -- Congressman Fred Upton toured the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant on Friday, now that the reactor is back on line.

It follows a 43-day shut down because of a chronically leaky tank that they now believe they have fixed once and for all.

Critics of the plant say the aging and brittle reactor shell would shatter if a full blown emergency shutdown was ever tried, and water was used to flood the containment to cool an overheated reactor.

Upton says the NRC is planning to require that special tests be conducted when the reactor is shut down for refueling, to check for metal fatigue in the reactor..

Upton says safe operation of the plant is “vital” to everyone in S.W. Michigan.