Michigan nuclear plant passes emergency exercise

COVERT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The Palisades nuclear power plant in southwestern Michigan has received a passing review from federal authorities following simulated emergency exercises.

Michigan Radio reports (http://bit.ly/RDI8Gk ) the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Federal Emergency Management Agency offered the assessment following last week's drill.

During the two-day drill, plant officials had to react to a simulated release of radiation. Agencies from Michigan and nearby Indiana also took part in the drill.

New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. has said the drill was part of usual emergency exercises held at the plant in Van Buren County's Covert Township.

The Palisades plant has been designated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission as one of the nation's four worst-performing nuclear plants.

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