A Nebraska nuclear power plant surrounded all summer by floodwaters is now in the dry, but a long way from producing power once again.
No longer under emergency operations, Ft. Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant begins clean-up in wake of the floodwaters receding. But, Bill Maier with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it will be awhile before the power plant is back online.
“Ft. Calhoun has submitted to us a plan for their evaluation of the impact of the flooding on the plant and the testing that they’ll conduct prior to restart of the reactor,” says Maier. “They still need to finish their activity from the refueling outage. They stopped the refueling outage in the middle of it when the river levels started coming up.”
Maier says the NRC hopes to evaluate Omaha Public Power District’s plans and have a response ready this week. He says that the Federal Emergency Management Agency will conduct an assessment of the emergency planning infrastructure along with the NRC.
Ft. Calhoun shut down for refueling April 9th as the Missouri River began to creep up under the constant pressure of releases from upstream dams. The Missouri surrounded the plant and forced officials to end refueling June 6th. Returning to refueling is the first order of business, then the plant can consider the steps toward going back online.
For Omaha Public Power District video of receding floodwaters at Ft. Calhoun click here.