Post-Flood Recovery Begins At Fort Calhoun Nuclear Plant

Water levels at the Fort Calhoun nuclear plant have finally dropped about two feet from their highest flood stage, prompting Omaha Public Power District officials to terminate the Unusual Event they declared on June 6, and setting the stage for post-flood recovery.

The NRC today issued a Confirmatory Action Letter documenting actions that the officials have agreed to take prior to restarting the plant, located about 19 miles north of Omaha, Neb.

The plant was shut down April 9 for a refueling outage, which was extended due to flooding along the Missouri River. As the floodwaters have receded, workers at the site have begun removing flood barriers and an elaborate elevated catwalk used create access from the flooded parking lot to key buildings.

At a public meeting on July 27, OPPD officials discussed post flooding recovery actions and agreed not to restart the plant without NRC approval. Region IV Administrator Elmo E. Collins has said a series of comprehensive inspections will have to be performed before the agency clears the plant for restart.

Victor Dricks
Region IV Public Affairs Officer