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Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant ready to restart, OPPD says

The Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) said in a filing with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) that the 482 MW Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant in Nebraska is ready to restart.

OPPD submitted a report to the NRC saying that it completed required steps in order to restart, according to The Associated Press.

The plant has been under extra NRC scrutiny after a 2011 flood inundated the plant. The plant was shut down for routine maintenance at the time of the flood, but a series of safety violations and a small fire has kept the plant offline since then.

The NRC required OPPD to follow a detailed 18-item checklist of items to complete before the plant can be restarted. The NRC has the final word on when the plant can restart.

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