OPPD Submits Fort Calhoun Station Flooding Recovery Plan to Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Parking lots, sidewalks start to reappear as floodwaters recede
OPPD has submitted its Fort Calhoun Station Flooding Recovery Plan to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The amount of flooding experienced at Fort Calhoun Station (FCS) this summer is unprecedented in the nuclear power industry.
As the Missouri River floodwaters continue to recede, OPPD is taking comprehensive, aggressive actions to fully assess – and then correct – the flood’s impact on FCS operations.
As detailed in the plan, this effort starts with comprehensive assessments of systems, structures and components, and then continues with detailed plans for repair and restoration.
The Flooding Recovery Plan will serve as a roadmap for the successful restart of Fort Calhoun Station. The FCS reactor has been in cold shutdown since April 9, 2011, when the plant’s scheduled refueling and maintenance outage started.
As the work at FCS transitions from flood-mitigation to flood-recovery, OPPD will ensure plant operations remain focused on providing reliable electricity, while assuring the health and safety of the public and employees.
“Our employees are excited to see the river finally receding, and we are all anxious to get the plant started up and producing again for OPPD,” noted Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer Dave Bannister. “However, we have a lot of work ahead of us to check and double-check that it is safe to do so. We will not compromise on nuclear safety.”