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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) was created as an independent agency by Congress in 1974 to ensure the safe use of radioactive materials for beneficial civilian purposes while protecting people and the environment. The NRC regulates commercia ... more
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New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. owns the plant, which has had numerous shutdowns in recent years.
Things were so bad at Palisades a few years ago that the NRC forced the company into a corrective action plan and then took an even harder look at whether those corrections were working.
"They have been effective," Pederson said.
"We have not seen any repeats of significant performance issues."
One big problem was workers' attitude about safety and whether employees felt comfortable reporting safety concerns to higher-ups or feared they would get in trouble for doing so.
Pederson said people at the bottom of the command structure must feel free to report issues.
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