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Missouri River Flooding Threatens Nuclear Power Plant

Missouri River Flooding Threatens Nuclear Power Plant

Concern is growing about the safety of a nuclear power plant that sits in a Missouri River flood plain. The Fort Calhoun Nuclear plant was cited for inadequate flood protection just last year and is currently a sandbagged island as the Missouri sits at 1.5 feet over flood stage and is expected to rise another five feet.

Nothing to Worry About

Federal regulators and officials with the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) insist there is no danger but list the status of the plant at “notification of unusual event,” which is the lowest emergency level emergency. Spokespeople for the OPPD say there has been no leaking of radioactive materials and none expected.

Conspiracy Theories

In the wake of the recent disaster at Fukushima, rumors have been flying fast across the Internet about Fort Calhoun, fueled by the FAA closing the airspace over the plant and an electrical fire, which temporarily shut down cooling pumps. But the FAA’s closing on June 6th was in response to the flooding, and company officials have stated that the plant’s spent fuel was never in any danger during the brief power outage.

Flooding Continues

The Missouri continues to rise, but officials are confident that the plant is secure. Fort Calhoun has been in cold shutdown since April 9th and will remain so until after the flood waters recede, which is not expected to happen soon. In fact, flooding is likely to remain a concern on and off for the rest of the summer for many parts of the Upper Midwest.

What Do You Think?

Do you live in the Omaha area or know people who do? Share your stories.

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Photo credit: Missouri River by USACEpublicaffairs

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1:07AM PDT on Jun 29, 2011

Very scary. All the more reason to do away with nuclear once and for all.

6:11PM PDT on Jun 26, 2011

When will we see the light?

8:38PM PDT on Jun 21, 2011

No Nukes!

5:14PM PDT on Jun 21, 2011

The Ft. Calhoun reactor has been problematic for decades. It should be shut down completely, which isn't easy. Allowing reactors to be built-in unstable areas, near large population centers is insane. There are dangerous plant all over the country, especially in the east and right here in the midwest.

1:04PM PDT on Jun 21, 2011

Thank you.

11:26AM PDT on Jun 21, 2011

ohh.... this is not good at all.

12:22AM PDT on Jun 21, 2011

Here's a frightening statistic from the European Nuclear Society......

As of Jan 19, 2011 in 30 countries, 442 nuclear power plant units with an installed electric net capacity of about 375 GW are in operation.

Or how about this tidbit from the World Nuclear Association.....

Nuclear power capacity worldwide is increasing steadily but not dramatically, with over 60 reactors under construction in 15 countries.

9:24PM PDT on Jun 20, 2011

WOW-- I just read the article here about how Germany is permanently shutting down the 7 older (before 1980) plants temporarily closed now & by 2022, shut down the remaining 10 for good by using sustainable/renewable energy. This decision, it says, if it works, will give other countries the push they need to do the same! Germany is the first country to make this decision, especially more so since the devastating earthquake, tsunami, & nuclear disaster in Japan. God Bless You Germany...I will be Praying that it works!!!

9:08PM PDT on Jun 20, 2011

Apparently the disaster in Japan wasn't sufficient enough for the world to have ALL nuclear plants Globally checked, rechecked & solution meetings BEFORE this happens again!!!! My GOD, a 3 yr old can figure out that if you don't want that to happen where you live, you better find a way to stop it now!!!

1:22PM PDT on Jun 20, 2011

As if we would ever get the truth from any government entity.

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