The Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant’s performance standard has been given two black marks on two deficiencies found in inspections by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission conducted in 2009 and 2010. Omaha Public Power District’s Chief Nuclear Officer Dave Bannister says they involved flood preparedness and a faulty electrical connector and both have been taken care of.
Bannister says both of those issues never presented a safety issue to the public. Regarding the flood issue, the preparedness issue obviously had been corrected as the plant was surrounded by flood water for months. He says there is a long list of items that needed to be checked for safety. He says it wasn’t the height of the river but the duration of the flood that may have caused problems. He says they want to make sure soil conditions are proper before restarting the plant.
Bannister says the Ft. Calhoun plant performance level had been dropped to the lowest possible category by the NRC. He says those issues have been resolved and he other improvements will be made.
The Ft. Calhoun plant remains non-operational as refueling procedures resume. The plant went into outage for refueling in April and remains off-line due to months of flooding by the Missouri River.