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Palisades returns to service

COVERT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) Palisades Nuclear Power Plant returns to service Sunday.

The plant was offline for scheduled refueling and maintenance for 55 days.

Entergy Corporation, which owns the plant, says 64 fuel rods were removed from the reactor vessel and replaced. The reactor vessel and the plant's two low-pressure turbines were also inspected.

The plant says all 45 housings on control rod drives that allow fuel rods to be taken in and out of the reactor core, were inspected. The company says 17 of them did not pass inspections and were replaced.

Entergy says there was no leakage from any of the housings and no health risks to the public or employees during the outage. In all, more than 8,500 work activities were completed.