6:06 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Federal Officials Say Palisades Will Strengthen Safety Culture

Lead in text: 
Mediated settlement includes refresher courses and an ombudsman to help raise concerns about safety
Management of the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant near South Haven will take several actions to strengthen its safety culture after a low-level security incident was recently settled through mediation.The plant, owned by Entergy Corp., has been under scrutiny from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a "chilled work environment," though the facility has been improving, according to officials.The incident happened on Christmas Eve 2012 when a person requested leave for the day.
9:20 am
Wed July 23, 2014

NRC Cites Palisades Security Issue

Lead in text: 
Entergy, which owns the nuclear power plant, says it's taking steps to prevent similar problems in the future.
COVERT TOWNSHIP, MI - The security manager at Palisades Nuclear Plant and a security operations supervisor "willfully violated" qualification requirements and the plant's security plan in a Christmas Eve 2012 incident, according to a confirmatory order issued July 22 by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to the owners of the plant.
2:07 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Kalamazoo County to Get "Smart" Electric Meters

Lead in text: 
Consumers Energy customers can "opt out" of the program and keep their old meters, at a cost.
KALAMAZOO, MI - Kalamazoo County Consumers Energy customers should expect to see new "smart meters" installed by mid-2015 as the company accelerates plans to install 2.4 million new electric and natural gas meters statewide by 2017.
7:09 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Former Security Guards Criticize Work Environment at Palisades

Lead in text: 
Nuclear Regulatory Commission official says issue of security department is "problematic"
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
SOUTH HAVEN, MI - Chris Mikusko worked for 28 years in the security department at Palisades Nuclear Plant before being let go in 2013. Mikusko was one of two fired security supervisors whose terminations were highlighted in a finding of a "chilled work environment" in that department.
6:08 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Federal Regulators Find "Insufficient Actions" to Improve Palisades Work Environment

Lead in text: 
NRC will discuss findings at open house on Thursday
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
COVERT TOWNSHIP, MI - Palisades Nuclear Power Plant did not "demonstrate a strong commitment to effectively improve" the safety culture in the "chilled work environment" in its security department, according to a letter the Nuclear Regulatory Commission sent June 20 to plant management.