Michigan nuclear plant reduces operations in storm

Associated Press

Bridgman — One reactor unit of a southwest Michigan nuclear plant will stay offline and the other will operate at half power until a storm passes over Lake Michigan.

An Indiana Michigan Power spokesman told the Grand Rapids Press on Thursday the D.C. Cook Nuclear Plant in Bridgman will keep the unit down until the storm sweeping across the Great Lakes subsides. Both reactors were manually taken offline Saturday due to rough lake conditions.

Meteorologists project waves will hit about 17 feet mid-lake. Winds are expected to reach 40 mph.

The other reactor has been running at 50 percent power since an Oct. 31 storm created 27-foot waves.

The spokesman says the last time both reactors were manually taken offline was in April 2003, when fish swarmed the intake channels.