New inspector named at Nebraska nuclear power plant

Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station

BLAIR, Neb. (AP) - Federal regulators have named a new resident inspector at the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant about 20 miles north of Omaha.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says Brian Cummings is one of the two inspectors monitoring operations at the plant that was offline for nearly three years between spring 2011 and December 2013.

The plant was offline for such a long period while regulators' safety concerns were addressed and flood damage was repaired. Fort Calhoun is owned by the Omaha Public Power District.

Cummings joined the NRC last February after serving on a nuclear submarine in the U.S. Navy.

The NRC keeps at least two inspectors at every nuclear power plant. Cummings joins senior inspector Max Schneider at Fort Calhoun.

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