NRC gets NE Nuke Restart Plans

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 @ 01:08 PM gHale

After a planned refueling shutdown and a lengthy flood that surrounded it, there is a plan to restart the Fort Calhoun nuclear station as the Omaha Public Power District submitted a proposal to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

Much of the nuclear plant about 20 miles north of Omaha, NE, appeared to be an island as Missouri River floodwaters surrounded the plant since June. The plant itself, though, remained dry inside. Fort Calhoun shut down in April because it was undergoing a refueling. After they shut down, that is when the flooding began.

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Omaha power district filed a plan last week detailing its proposal for restarting the plant. Utility officials said late last month the plant could reopen this fall or there could be a delay until next spring depending on if they need massive repairs.

The NRC must approve a plan for repairs and inspections before the plant reopens.

Fort Calhoun nuclear station during the flooding.

Fort Calhoun nuclear station during the flooding.

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