Ft. Calhoun nuclear plant fueled in advance of restart

The 482 MW Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant in Nebraska is loaded with fuel and ready to restart if regulators allow it to do so.

Plant owner and operator Omaha Public Power District met with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in Texas August 27 to discuss the status of the plant, which has been shut down since April 2011.

The plant was originally down for a planned maintenance outage, but flooding in the plant from the nearby Missouri River has kept the plant closed since, according to Power Engineering.

The NRC told OPPD in February there were three directives that must be taken before the plant can be restarted. OPPD turned over day-to-day management of the plant to Exelon Nuclear Partners in August 2012.

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