NRC: Ft. Calhoun Plant Could Restart by Summer
CREATED Mar. 12, 2013
Omaha, NE (AP) - Federal regulators have identified a couple more minor concerns at the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant during the latest inspections, but say the plant should be ready for restart before this summer.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued a report Tuesday on the latest inspection at the plant.
Regulators say both of the new violations at the plant involve instances where the Omaha Public Power District made changes without getting the NRC's approval first.
OPPD spokesman Jeff Hanson says things are going well at the plant and the utility expects Fort Calhoun to be ready before this summer's peak electricity demand.
Regulators and utility officials say the plant won't restart unless it's safe.
OPPD shut down the plant in the spring of 2011 for regularly scheduled maintenance. The Missouri river flooded two months later and the plant remained closed.
The NRC has scheduled another public meeting in Omaha later this month to outline the necessary steps to restart the plant, recent NRC inspections and actions already taken by OPPD. The meeting will be held at the Doubletree Hotel at 16th and Dodge from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.