Idled NE Nuke Waiting for Green Light

Monday, December 9, 2013 @ 06:12 PM gHale

Omaha Public Power District’s (OPPD) said the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Station is ready for a restart, however the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is saying not so fast.

Through a series of issues and problems at the plant, the site remained idle since April 2011.

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The utility submitted a 139-page report to the NRC last week making the case that Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant is ready.

NRC officials did not make an immediate decision.

Lou Cortopassi, who manages the nuclear plant north of Omaha, NE, said OPPD addressed Fort Calhoun’s problems, and it is ready to operate safely.

Fort Calhoun initially shut down for routine maintenance. However significant flooding in 2011, a small fire, and a series of safety violations forced it to remain closed.

The violations included the failure of a key electrical part during a 2010 test, deficiencies in flood planning discovered a year before the Missouri River overflowed its banks in 2011 and a small electrical fire in June 2011.

The NRC established a list of more than 450 items that OPPD and the company it hired to run Fort Calhoun, Exelon Corp., must address at the nuclear plant before they can restart it.

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