Sat May 18, 2013
Nebraska nuke plant hopes to restart by June 30
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The utility that owns the troubled Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant in eastern Nebraska says it hopes to have the plant ready to operate by the end of June. But on Friday it was reported that federal regulators are far from allowing it to restart.
The plant that sits on the Missouri River north of Omaha has been closed since April 2011. It initially went offline for routine maintenance, but flooding along the Missouri River and a series of safety violations forced it to stay closed.
Last month, Omaha Public Power District officials had said they expected to have the plant ready by late May. But on Friday, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said the plant had met only eight of 25 major performance issues studied during the inspections.
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