Troubled Nuclear Plant Making Slow Progress

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The troubled Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant continues to inch closer to restarting, but federal regulators say significant work remains to be done at the Nebraska plant.

Later this month, the Omaha Public Power District will meet with Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials to explain the plan for continuing to improve Fort Calhoun - if the nuclear plant about 20 miles north of Omaha is allowed to restart.

But regulators say the utility still has to address 14 items on the restart checklist before they will consider allowing Fort Calhoun to resume operations for the first time since April 2011. Four items on the checklist have been resolved.

OPPD doesn't plan any additional rate increases this year to pay for the repairs. The utility already increased rates 6.9 percent in January.

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