Slight Progress Being Made Towards Reopening Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant


Federal regulators say significant work remains for the troubled Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant in northeast Nebraska, but some progress has been made.

Officials with Omaha Public Power District will meet with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission later this month to discuss plans for the continued improvement of the plant.

The power plant, which sits across from Iowa on the Missouri River about 20 miles north of Omaha, has been offline since April 2011.

Fort Calhoun initially shut down for routine maintenance, but significant flooding in 2011, a small fire and a series of safety violations forced it to remain closed.

OPPD has made some progress on the restart checklist provided by the regulating commission, but much still needs to be done. Four items on the checklist have been resolved, but regulators say the remaining 14 items must be resolved before they will consider allowing Fort Calhoun to resume operations.

OPPD doesn't plan any additional rate increases this year to pay for the repairs. The utility already increased rates 6.9 percent in January.