Nuclear power plant exits unusual status after flooding

The 500 MW Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant in Nebraska ended its unusual event status on August 29. The plant entered the status June 6 when the Missouri River flooded the plant. The Combustion Engineering pressurized water reactor had been shut since April for routine refueling.

River levels dropped to around 1,003.5 feet above mean sea level when Omaha Public Power District, the plant’s owner, notified the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) the plant was exiting the status.

Workers and contractors are checking the plant for damage before it can return to service.

“We have a great deal of work to do before we start generating power,” said Dave Bannister, OPPD vice president and Chief Nuclear Officer. “First and foremost, we must check for any hidden damage that the water on site may have caused, so that we are certain we will operate safely.”

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