Ft. Calhoun staff and NRC officials announced that the list of inspections and repairs will now take until fall of this year and no potential restart date has been set. The plant has been plagued with additional problems found after the flood waters receded. The NRC has yet to announce the status of any of the flood impacted equipment such as the intakes and water pumps. OPPD has hired a new plant manager from Exelon to run the plant in an effort to get many of the management issues resolved.
Nothing has been mentioned by OPPD or the NRC about changing the plant’s flood protection plan. Last year the plant made news as it was surrounded by flood water protected only by sand bags and a water filled rubber tube dam that was later failed by a piece of heavy equipment puncturing the dam. This year is looking to be a drought year. How this may impact the plant’s ability to safely run has also not been discussed. The upriver dam system needs to keep enough water in the reservoirs for drinking water commitments.
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