Public meeting next week on Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station restart - Omaha.com
Published Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 5:20 pm / Updated at 5:24 pm
Public meeting next week on Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station restart

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a public meeting next week to discuss progress toward restarting the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station.

Regulators and representatives from the Omaha Public Power District will gather Nov. 21 at the Ramada Plaza Omaha Hotel, 3321 S. 72nd St. The three-hour meeting starts at 6 p.m.

The plant has been offline since April 2011, when it was shut down for a scheduled refueling. It was kept cold after flooding on the Missouri River, then placed under federal control after an electrical fire and the discovery of a number of safety violations.

Inspectors have cleared about 70 percent of a lengthy checklist that must be completed before OPPD can restart the plant. No one is predicting a timeline for restart, but the district's 2014 operating plan assumes for budgetary purposes that the plant will be online by year's end.

Recent tests of the pipes that carry pressurized water and steam to the reactor showed no significant problems.

Contact the writer: Cody Winchester

cody.winchester@owh.com    |   402-444-1216    |  

Cody Winchester is a metro-area watchdog reporter. He covers Douglas and Sarpy Counties.

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