COVERT, Mich. – A leak has been found at the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant in Covert, Mich., but the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it’s nothing to worry about.
NRC spokesperson Viktoria Mitlyng issued a statement Wednesday afternoon, saying that during a routine inspection last Thursday, Sept. 20, water was found leaking near service water piping and valves. The service water system draws water from Lake Michigan to cool pumps, heat exchangers and other plant equipment during routine operations.
Mitlyng says the leak is not radioactive and is not a threat to public safety.
She says only about 1 ½ cups of water an hour have been leaking through a pinhole. NRC inspectors have been monitoring the leak, which is not increasing and appears to be stable.
The NRC says it’s not impacting other equipment at Palisades.
Mitlyng says this type of issue is actually not reportable and does not require any notification by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, but the NRC is “following a different public communication threshold on Palisades in talking about any issue that members of the community may want to know about.”