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Ft. Calhoun nuclear power plant heated up for testing

The Omaha Public Power District is heating up the 482 MW Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant in Nebraska to test systems that are used only when the plant is running, according to the Associated Press.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said in the article that the power generating system was heated up to 515 degrees to test its pressurized steam pipes for leaks. The plant will remain heated for several days so the systems can be tested.

The plant was shut down in April 2011 for a planned refueling outage, but a flood that inundated the plant with water from the nearby Missouri River in addition to a small fire and several safety violations has kept the plant shut down since then. Exelon Nuclear Partners was hired to run the plant and help in recovery efforts.

The NRC issued a checklist of items that OPPD and Exelon must complete before the plant can be restarted. That checklist is about 75 percent complete, the article said.

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