NRC to hold public meeting about Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant

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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission plans to meet with Omaha Public Power District officials on Jan. 19 to discuss the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant, which is 20 miles north of Omaha. The public can ask questions at the 6 p.m. meeting at Omaha’s Doubletree Hotel downtown.

Regulators said last month they were imposing tougher oversight on Fort Calhoun because several problems had been found at the plant unrelated to last summer’s flooding along the Missouri River. This meeting will outline what that oversight will look like.

Fort Calhoun has been shut down since last spring’s refueling. Flooding along the Missouri forced it to remain closed.

The NRC gave the plant a “D” rating in early September 2011 due to the 2009 flood mitigation and control issues (flood preparedness) and for a faulty electrical connector issue from 2010.

Though flood waters from the 2011 Missouri River flood had subsided, the plant would remain shutdown until federal regulators were convinced that OPPD had demonstrated improved compliance.

The plant may still be under a “D” rating and still be allowed to operate. NRC officials were confident OPPD would be able to operate the plant safely.

Source: Bloomberg

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