Officials: Substance in Lake MI near Palisades is not harmful

Palisades clay powder
Duck floats between white substance in Lake Michigan near Palisades nuclear power plant. (Courtesy Leah Flanagan via Twitter/Aug. 3, 2016)

COVERT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Officials with Palisades and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission say residents shouldn’t be alarmed by a white substance in Lake Michigan near the nuclear power plant.

24 Hour News 8 began investigating after receiving several tips from concerned viewers about the white substance.

Val Gent, a spokesperson for Palisades, says the substance is a clay powder which is used to flush away zebra mussels that can attach to the pipes. Gent says the powder is like playground clay and will eventually settle to the bottom of the lake.

He added that it is not harmful to the environment or the public and has been approved by multiple state regulatory agencies. It is something they do annually at Palisades.

NRC spokesperson Viktoria Mitlyng also confirmed the substance is not harmful and is a form of routine maintenance for the nuclear power plant. She told 24 Hour News 8 the NRC notified Palisades that this would be happening on Wednesday.

She added that this is done at plants across the country and is not unusual.

Palisades is located in Van Buren County’s Covert Township on the shore of Lake Michigan.

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