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The NRC report states; "During identification and evaluation of flood barriers, unsealed through wall penetrations in the outside wall of the intake, auxiliary and chemistry and radiation protection buildings were identified that are below the licensing basis flood elevation. A summary of the root causes included: a weak procedure revision process; insufficient oversight of work activities associated with external flood matters; ineffective identification, evaluation and resolution of performance deficiencies related to external flooding; and "safe as is" mindsets relative to external flooding events. As a result of a Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) inspection conducted from January 1 to June 21, 2010, the NRC determined that Fort Calhoun Station (FC did not have adequate procedures to protect the intake structure and auxiliary building against external flooding events. Specifically, contrary to Technical Specification 5.8.1.a, the station failed to maintain procedures for combating a significant flood as recommended by Regulatory Guide 1.33, Appendix A, section 6.w, "Acts of Nature." There is a supplemental report to be filed by August 30th 2011 to update the situation as reported.  * Source   http://www.nrc.gov/waste/spent-fuel-storage/locations.html
My commentHmmm.. this is interesting. Why did it take the NRC so long to find out that the whole place is deficient when it comes to flooding? After all, the whole place was built in a FLOOD PLAIN. This report was filed in 2010, and here we are one year later, with a major flood hitting it. I hope they got ready. They obviously put up sandbags, but it does not look good when they purposely flood the containment building, or so they say. 
This flood will be around for three or four months. The building is surrounded by water, accessible only by boat or helicopter, and the flood waters are expected to rise another five feet or so. I wonder if they are really ready for all that? 
The consequences of NOT being ready are horrendous.. Radioactive water and steam going downwind and down river, contaminating thousands of square miles of land. 
It is not just this ONE nuclear plant.. Think about all of the nuclear plants sitting on the banks of rivers all across America, possibly just as vulnerable, just waiting for a flood like this one to implode and spread radiation all over, making entire cities uninhabitable for thousands of years. 

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