OPPD Touts Progress at Ft. Calhoun Nuclear Plant

ft-calhoun-nuclear-plantUtility officials say the troubled Nebraska nuclear power plant that has been idle since 2011 might be ready to restart this spring.

But first they’ll have to convince federal regulators the plant is ready.

Omaha Public Power District officials showed off the progress Tuesday at the Fort Calhoun nuclear plant. The plant about 20 miles north of Omaha has been shut down since April 2011 because of a series of safety concerns and flooding.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says significant work remains at the plant. Spokeswoman Lara Uselding says the utility has addressed less than half of the more than 450 items on the plant restart checklist.

Regulators say they won’t let the plant restart unless they’re confident it is safe. They’re holding a public meeting Wednesday in Omaha.