Regulators Give Update on Troubled NE Nuclear Plant

ft-calhoun-nuclear-plant(AP)-The public can learn more about the progress being made at the Fort Calhoun nuclear plant on Friday.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Omaha Public Power District will discuss the latest inspections at the idle plant 20 miles north of Omaha at the meeting.

Fort Calhoun initially shut down for routine maintenance in April 2011, but flooding along the Missouri River and a series of safety violations forced it to stay closed.

The utility is working to address a list of about 480 items in 18 major categories the NRC says must be fixed before the plant will be allowed to restart.

OPPD officials say they think Fort Calhoun can be ready by late May.

Regulators say the plant won’t restart unless they’re confident it is safe.