COVERT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The outgoing chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission says the Palisades facility in southwestern Michigan is making progress on fixing its problems but still has much to do.
Gregory Jaczko (YAHTS'-koh) spoke to reporters Friday after touring the plant on the Lake Michigan shore near South Haven in Van Buren County's Covert Township. The plant has been under increasing scrutiny because of a series of safety problems in the past year.
The NRC classifies Palisades as one of the four worst performers of the 100 nuclear plants it regulates.
New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. owns Palisades. The company says the plant's safety culture has improved.
Jaczko agrees things are improving but major inspections within the next year will confirm if the plant's been successful.
Jaczko announced his resignation on Monday.