NRC Provides Fort Calhoun Update

By: Jacki Ochoa, The Associated Press Email
By: Jacki Ochoa, The Associated Press Email

Federal regulators provided another update on efforts to repair the troubled Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant. A public meeting was held Wednesday night at the Ramada Plaza Hotel near 72nd Street and Interstate 80 in Omaha.

The plant, which sits on the Missouri River about 20 miles north of Omaha, has been offline for more than two years.

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

Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokeswoman Lara Uselding says Fort Calhoun is making progress, but the Omaha Public Power District still has to address 15 items on the restart checklist. Regulators must sign off before the plant can restart. “We were last in the industry for industrial safety,” says OPPD’s Jeff Hanson. “We are now first in the industry in industrial safety."

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