After carefully monitoring the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant during last years historic Missouri River flooding, which resulted from very heavy snowfall during the winter of 2010-11, and monitoring dam releases of huge amounts of melting snow from the northern regions, there is a new report about the reactors status from the NRC. The reactor is still shut down despite plans to have it running again this spring.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Federal regulators have confirmed their preliminary finding that last June's fire at an idled Nebraska nuclear plant represented a serious safety threat.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission released its final determination on Tuesday, saying the small fire at the Fort Calhoun plant 19 miles north of Omaha merited the NRC's most serious "red" finding. The finding mirrored the preliminary conclusion announced on March 12.
The fire briefly knocked out the cooling system for used fuel. The NRC says the plant was shut down at the time of the fire, and temperatures never exceeded safe levels.
But the NRC says the fire is considered a major concern because it could have happened any time and because workers didn't fully investigate an unusual smell in the area three days earlier.