A piece of metal is lodged in the reactor vessel at a nuclear power plant in Michigan, but regulators and plant operators say they will leave it where it is.
The piece of metal from a broken impeller blade has lodged in the reactor vessel of the Palisades power plant between the vessel wall and the flow skirt inside the vessel, according to the Kalamazoo Gazette. Plant operator Entergy (NYSE: ETR) said workers have tried removing the piece but have been unsuccessful. The piece will stay in place because it doesn’t pose a safety risk and additional efforts to try and remove it may damage the vessel.
An Entergy spokesperson said in the article there was no information on when the piece may have broken off, but the impeller has been replaced. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will have final say on whether the metal is a safety hazard or not.
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