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Fort Calhoun nuclear plant clears hurdle on way to restart

Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant in Nebraska

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Friday that inspectors have cleared a three-year-old violation related to flood preparedness at the 482 MW Fort Calhoun nuclear plant in Nebraska, according to a report from the Omaha World-Herald. The facility, which is owned by the Omaha Public Power District, has been offline since April 2011.

The violation is the fifth item cleared on an 18-item checklist the plant must address before restarting, the World-Herald stated. An additional more detailed checklist of items that must be addressed before the plant can be started is now 70 percent complete, according to a letter from the NRC to OPPD.

OPPD plans to heat up the plant later this month for additional testing, according to the report. Although OPPD’s budget assumes the plant will be restarted next year, district officials are no longer estimating a restart date.

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