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The Palisades Power Plant, pictured in Covert Township, was scheduled to close May 31 for decommissioning. However, Entergy officials chose to shut it down earlier than expected on Friday. 

COVERT — Entergy Corp. officials permanently shut down the Palisades Power Plant on Friday, nearly two weeks ahead of schedule.

Entergy spokesperson Val Gent said control room operators made a conservative decision Friday to shut down the plant early due to the performance of a control rod drive seal. She said there was no danger to plant workers or the public, but the decision to shut it down for good was “prudent.”

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