Inspection team checking out Neb. nuclear plant


September 12th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

FORT CALHOUN, Neb. (AP) – A special team of federal inspectors is at the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant looking for the cause of a small fire at the plant in June. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said today (Monday) that the three inspectors will make sure the problems that caused the fire have been fixed before the plant is allowed to restart. The electrical fire briefly knocked out the cooling system for used fuel. Temperatures at the plant never exceeded safe levels and power was quickly restored.

The Omaha Public Power District plant has been shut down since April. Initially the plant was shut down for refueling maintenance, and later flooding along the Missouri River forced Fort Calhoun to remain dormant because floodwaters surrounded the plant. Fort Calhoun is about 20 miles north of Omaha.