The Palisades nuclear power plant remains shut down while they look for the source of the leak and make repairs.
WSBT visited a park not far from the plant to hear from people on the beaches.
At Van Buren State Park, Mark Larmee and his friends were reminded that even though they’re off the grid, they’re still not really that far from our built world.
“It’s gorgeous obviously, but you don’t get away from that anywhere you go unless you go far away,” said Larmee.
Palisades sits about a mile down the beach and right now is idle because of the leak that resulted in a small discharge of radioactive water into Lake Michigan – 79 gallons – the equivalent of a little less than two average bathtubs.
“That’s not good, so I mean I get mad about ribbons and balloons, so radiation is obviously not thrilling either,” Larmee added.
In a statement, the operators of Palisades said:
“The plant is in a safe and secure condition, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has been notified. There is no impact on the health and safety of plant employees or the public.”
The NRC also says there is no threat to humans and that the radioactive water was quite diluted by the time it made it to the lake. Groups opposing nuclear power plants, however, say regulators and the plant’s operator are downplaying the seriousness of the incident.
“This plant is an accident waiting to happen, and it really needs to be permanently shut down before the worst happens there,” said Kevin Kamps of “Beyond Nuclear.”
There have been leaks at Palisades before, as recently as February.
The NRC once listed the facility among the least safe nuclear power plants in the U.S. They say it’s improved since then, though after this week, there’s more work to be done.
The NRC sent an expert to Palisades to help look for the source of the leak, which is believed to be in a water storage tank.