Flood Risk Keeps NE Nuke on Alert

Wednesday, June 8, 2011 @ 07:06 AM gHale

Flooding near nuclear plants remains a very tender subject these days so with that in mind, a Nebraska nuclear power plant on the west bank of the Missouri River has declared an emergency because of the rising river.

The Omaha Public Power District, which operates the Fort Calhoun plant, said earlier this week the river reached a level where the company is declaring a “notification of unusual event,” which is the lowest of four emergency levels standard in the U.S. nuclear industry.

The utility said it has notified the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and emergency management agencies in Nebraska and Iowa.

The Fort Calhoun plant, which is about 20 miles north of Omaha, remained shut down since early April because it has been undergoing refueling.

The OPPD said they expect no release of radioactive material requiring offsite response or monitoring. In addition, no release has occurred.

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