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PALISADES NUCLEAR PLANT RECEIVES GOOD GRADES FROM NRC

PALISADES NUCLEAR PLANT RECEIVES GOOD GRADES FROM NRC
 SOUTH HAVEN, Mich., June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers Power Company's Palisades nuclear plant has received its newest "report card" from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and it gives the plant good grades.
 The "report card" is the NRC's Systematic Assessment of Licensee Performance (SALP), a document which evaluates seven areas of plant regulatory performance over a 15-month period from Jan. 1, 1991 to March 31, 1992.
 Three of the seven areas covered in the report earned the NRC's highest rating -- category one -- indicating "licensee management attention and involvement are readily evident and place emphasis on superior performance on nuclear safety or safeguards activities, with the resulting performance substantially exceeding regulatory requirements." The three areas receiving "category one" ratings are plant operations, maintenance/surveillance and security.
 The remaining four areas received "category two" ratings, indicating "licensee management attention to and involvement in the performance of nuclear safety or safeguards activities are good. The licensee has attained a level of performance above that needed to meet regulatory requirements." The four areas receiving "category two" ratings include: radiological controls, emergency preparedness, engineering and technical support, and safety assessment/quality verification.
 No areas received a "category three" rating, indicating "licensee management attention to and involvement in the performance of nuclear safety or safeguards activities are not sufficient."
 "We're pleased with the NRC's recognition of good regulatory performance at Palisades, but we also recognize that it takes continued vigilance to maintain our performance at a constant level in relation to the rest of the industry and even greater effort to show sustained improvement," said David P. Hoffman, Consumers Power's vice president of nuclear operations.
 The Palisades plant has a rated capacity of 768 megawatts of electricity, enough to meet the needs of a community of more than 570,000 people.
 Consumers Power Company, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy Corporation (NYSE: CMS), is Michigan's largest natural gas and electric utility serving almost 6 million of the state's 9 million residents in 67 of the 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
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 CONTACT: Charles E. MacInnis of Consumers Power, 517-788-0333
 (CMS) CO: CONSUMERS POWER COMPANY; CMS ENERGY CORPORATION IN: UTI ST: MI -- DE004 -- X379 06/15/92
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