VAN BUREN COUNTY – The Palisades nuclear plant could be considered one of the worst plants in the nation. It was recently downgraded by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, but more safety violations have it facing another downgrade.
Throughout last year the plant was cited for multiple safety infractions. There were three significant issues in 2011 alone.
In May, a worker lubed a wrong part. That caused the initial downgrade of the plant's safety status.
But the NRC is still looking into two things that happened later in the year. In August, a water pump failed. In September, workers caused an electrical problem that the NRC says could have ended with injuries.
Now the plant is facing another downgrade. So what does this mean for people who live in the area? Officials say not to worry.
"The plant is operating safely," said Viktoria Mitlyng, a Nuclear Regulatory Commision public affairs official. "If the NRC found that the plant was not operating safely, the NRC would shut it down."