Turbine issue takes Ft. Calhoun nuclear power plant offline

Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station

FORT CALHOUN, Neb. (AP) — Omaha Public Power District says its nuclear power plant in eastern Nebraska has been temporarily taken offline for a minor malfunction.

OPPD says in a written release that the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station north of Omaha was taken offline Tuesday morning when a turbine tripped.

The utility says the system responded as designed by automatically shutting down the reactor without incident. The utility says the plant is safe and there were no injuries.

Operators are analyzing the cause of the situation, focusing on the speed and power controls of the turbine. Crews are working to resolve the issue and restore the unit to service.

The utility announced earlier this month that it would close the nuclear power plant by the end of the year.

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