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Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant improving, still far from a restart

Nebraska’s Fort Calhoun nuclear plant is on the road to recovery but still a long way from coming back online, according to a report in The Associated Press.

Gary Gates, CEO of the Omaha Public Power District, told the AP that Exelon (NYSE: EXC) is improving safety culture while making repairs to the facility. Exelon was hired four months ago to oversee the refurbishing and restart of the 482 MW reactor.

The plant, located 20 miles north of Omaha, initially went into shutdown for routine maintenance, but severe flooding of the Missouri River and numerous regulatory violations forced it to remain offline. At present, the NRC has no timetable in place for bringing Fort Calhoun back online, the AP reports.

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