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CONSUMERS POWER WILL NOT CONTEST PENALTY ANNOUNCED BY NUCLEAR REGULATORY

 JACKSON, Mich., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers Power Company will not contest the $50,000 civil penalty announced today by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The penalty against the utility resulted from difficulties that occurred during refueling of the Palisades nuclear plant in June.
 "We promptly notified the NRC when the problem occurred, instituted corrective actions to prevent its recurrence and will pay the civil penalty," said Fred Buckman, Consumers Power president and chief executive officer. "The Palisades plant's performance has been improving over the past few years and we regret that this problem occurred."
 On June 15, operators at Palisades were removing the head of the reactor in preparation for refueling. One of the reactor's control rods, which had not been disconnected from the drive mechanism located above it in the reactor head, was inadvertently raised 6 feet above the reactor when workers lifted the reactor vessel head. The plant was shut down at the time and, because of multiple safeguards, there was no potential for an unsafe condition to result from the control rod movement.
 "Although there was no impact on plant safety, we and the NRC take matters like this very seriously. The steps we have taken because of this incident have been reviewed by the NRC and will be sufficient to ensure improved performance in the future," said Buckman.
 Consumers Power Company, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy Corporation (NYSE: CMS), is Michigan's largest natural gas and electric utility serving 6 million of the state's 9 1/2 million residents in 67 of the 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
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 /CONTACT: Charles E. MacInnis of Consumers Power News and Information, 517-788-0333/
 (CMS)


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