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Palisades water tank repairs take to early summer - May 21st, 2013 - State

— It could be early summer before repairs are completed at a nuclear power plant in Michigan that has been idled nine times since 2011.

Operators of the idled Palisades Nuclear Power Plant in southwestern Michigan say the repairs involve a tank that leaked slightly radioactive water into Lake Michigan.

The plant is in Van Buren County's Covert Township, about 80 miles east-northeast of Chicago,

New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. idled the plant May 5 after operators found a tank leaking faster than regulations allow. Some slightly radioactive water entered Lake Michigan, but the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says there was no public health risk.

Entergy spokeswoman Lindsay Rose said Monday that inspectors "identified a small crack" along a weld in the tank they believe caused the leak. She says the tank bottom and subflooring are being replaced.