The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will meet with the public and with officials with OPPD Wednesday evening on progress being made at the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant. Ft. Calhoun’s chief nuclear officer Lou Cortopassi says they are checking and re-checking every step as they continue to work to restart the plant.
Current plans include fueling the reactor and that is scheduled for mid-April. Restart reactor heat up is scheduled for mid-May and then submit their restart readiness report to the NRC. If all goes as planned the plant will be back on line by the end of May.
The plant has been shut down since April of 2011. They were in the process of refueling when the month’s long Missouri River flood surrounded the facility preventing the restart. Cortopassi says considerable progress has been made regarding containment issues as well as address future flooding.
The NRC will hold public meeting tonight with OPPD to get an update on the progress at the Ft. Calhoun plant. It will start at 6 pm at the Doubletree Hotel, downtown Omaha.