Update: OPPD Updates NRC About FCS

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Posted January 8, 2013

The troubled Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant in Nebraska is gradually moving closer to restart, but officials say significant work remains.

Omaha Public Power District officials provided an update Tuesday to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on the plant 20 miles north of Omaha that has been shut down since April 2011.

OPPD CEO Gary Gates says the plant is on the right path and the utility is improving its oversight.

And he says Exelon, the company hired four months ago to run Fort Calhoun Station, is strengthening the safety culture of the plant.

But officials still have to test a number of systems that haven't been used in nearly two years and complete other upgrades to the plant.

Regulators say they won't let the plant restart until they're sure it's safe.

Posted January 8, 2013 at 8:08am

Federal regulators will get an update on the efforts to restart the troubled Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant on Tuesday.

Omaha Public Power District officials will brief the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Maryland and answer questions.

The meeting also included a report from NRC inspectors.

The Fort Calhoun nuclear plant sits 20 miles north of Omaha. It was initially shut down for refueling maintenance in April 2011, but flooding along the Missouri River and a series of safety violations forced it to stay closed.

Regulators and OPPD officials all say Fort Calhoun won't be restarted until they're sure it's safe.

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