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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Federal regulators said Tuesday that safety violations at the Palisades nuclear power plant in southwestern Michigan had led them to downgrade the plant to a status held by just two others in the U.S.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission assigns the more than 100 nuclear reactors in the U.S. to one of five categories based on their safety performance. Most are in the top-performing group. Palisades was bumped to the No. 2 category last month and now will join two others in the third category: the Perry Nuclear Power Plant’s Unit 1 generator near Cleveland and the Susquehanna Nuclear Power Plant’s Unit 1 generator in Berwick, Pa.

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