11-01-2018 Palisades Power Plant begins scheduled $62 million refueling and maintenance outage to en

LET THE RACES BEGIN… The other Hartford Speedway was buzzing last Saturday with the sound of slot cars during the JPM Performance Series held at Hartford’s Pro Slot facility. Promoter JP Milcherska (front left) brought his series to the massive 107’ Hasse Paperclick Twister owned by John Miller, (front right.) Miller and his wife Angela along with three employees manufacture precision electric motors for the sport, while JP is a well-known chassis fabricator in the South Bend – Mishawaka area. The 1/24th scale race cars attract a wide variety of dedicated hobbyists that range in age from last year’s series champ, JP’s son Austin just 20 years old, to one racer who shared that he bought his first slot car in 1963. The racer on the left in the back row is Hartford’s Mike Meachum who captured 3rd place overall for the day in the Hobbystock Division. (TCR photo by Jon Bisnett)

Palisades Power Plant begins scheduled $62 million refueling and maintenance outage to ensure safe, secure and reliable operation

Palisades Power Plant has begun a scheduled $62 million refueling and maintenance outage, reflecting owner and operator Entergy Corp.’s continuing commitment to safe, secure, and reliable operations until the facility’s permanent retirement in spring of 2022. It is the 26th such outage since the plant opened in 1971 and comes 15 days after it was taken offline to successfully replace a control rod drive seal and a transformer. During the scheduled refueling and maintenance outage, which began October 28, trained professionals will replace about one-third of the fuel in the reactor and inspect hundreds of pipes, pumps, electrical components and other equipment. About 1,000 skilled supplemental workers will help Palisades’ 600 full-time employees complete the upgrades, inspections, and replacements that can only be completed while the plant is shut down. In addition to the $62 million investment, Entergy has allocated more than $170 million since 2014 to upgrade Palisades’ already-robust fire protection program through implementation of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA-805) program. “The highly trained personnel at Palisades have operated the plant safely and reliably, day in and day out, since the plant’s last refueling about 18 months ago,” said Charlie Arnone, Site Vice President and Entergy’s top official at the plant. “The company continues to make all investments needed to ensure safe, secure and reliable operations through the plant’s permanent closure in 2022. Palisades is recognized as a top performer within the industry and ranks in the NRC’s highest safety category because of these important investments and the professionalism and hard work of our team.” This refueling and maintenance outage is the first of two remaining at Palisades before the plant’s retirement. On Aug. 1, Entergy announced that it had agreed to sell the subsidiaries that own Palisades and the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, Mass., to a Holtec International subsidiary for accelerated decommissioning after their respective shutdowns and reactor defuelings. For Palisades, that transaction would not occur until after the spring of 2022. The sales include the transfer of the licenses, spent fuel, and Nuclear Decommissioning Trusts. The transactions are subject to conditions to closing, including approvals from the NRC of the license transfers.

Bones in Balance classes helps individuals with osteoporosis

Lakeland Orthopedic Physical Therapy is now enrolling participants for Bones in Balance, a four-week program designed to teach those diagnosed with osteoporosis and osteopenia how to successfully live with these conditions through self-management. Bones in Balance incorporates education and exercise and is led by specially trained physical therapists. The program includes valuable self-management tips from a pharmacist, registered dietitian, and nurse educator. Classes meet twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a four-week period at the Center for Outpatient Services, located at 3900 Hollywood Road in St. Joseph. Registration is now open for the next set of classes which will run from November 6 to December 4 and be held at 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. or 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. Osteoporosis is a debilitating disease that affects over 44 million Americans, and although both men and women can develop the disease, over 80 percent of sufferers are women over the age of 45. Osteoporosis is commonly referred to as “the silent disease,” because bone loss occurs without any visible symptoms at first. Many people don’t realize they have osteoporosis until their bones are so weak that the smallest strain or fall causes a bone to fracture. A physician’s order is required to participate. There is a $25 registration fee to cover the cost of materials; the remaining amount is billable to your insurance. For more information or to register, call (269) 556-7150.