Palisades nuclear plant online after refueling

An undated photo of the Palisades nuclear plant in Covert Township.

COVERT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Operators of southwestern Michigan’s Palisades Nuclear Power Plant say it’s now back online after an eight-week shutdown for refueling and maintenance.

New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. took the plant out of service Jan. 19 and say they returned it to service about 6:45 a.m. EDT Sunday.

The plant is on the shore of lake Michigan in Van Buren County’s Covert Township, about 55 miles southwest of Grand Rapids.

Operators said the shutdown allowed for the replacement of 64 fuel assemblies in the reactor as well as maintenance, tests and inspections.

Palisades opened in 1971. The company says this was its 23rd refueling and maintenance outage.

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