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Neb. utility meets with NRC on troubled nuke plant

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 22, 2013 at 3:09 pm •  Published: April 22, 2013
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Nuclear Regulatory Commission official Tony Vegel, who oversees reactor safety in the region, said these changes should make Fort Calhoun safer in the event of a tornado or future flooding.

Other changes that might need to be made to Fort Calhoun's license deal with clarifying which rules and guidelines apply to structures at the power plant. Utility officials say Fort Calhoun's current license isn't always clear about whether building codes or newer NRC regulations apply.

Mike Ryan, with the environmental group Clean Nebraska, said he was surprised to hear that the NRC may allow the utility to make these changes to Fort Calhoun and possibly restart the plant before the license review process is complete.

"Everything with the whole process seems geared toward getting the plant back online and operating," Ryan said. "And we still have safety concerns."

Another meeting was planned for Monday afternoon, but regulators closed that meeting to the public because the planned discussion about flood protection involved security information.

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Online:

NRC page on Fort Calhoun: http://1.usa.gov/GBq2TF

Omaha Public Power District: http://www.oppd.com