Omaha Nuclear Plant Might be in Flooding Danger
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Pictures of a nuclear power plant near Omaha show that floodwaters from the Missouri River have crept up nearly to the reactor building.
But nuclear regulators and the utility that runs the Fort Calhoun reactor say the photos that emerged this week are little cause for immediate concern.
The plant 20 miles from Omaha is encircled by a giant rubber barrier. And it has been shut down since April. The Omaha Public Power District says the complex will not be reactivated until the flooding subsides.
Unlike Japan's infamous Fukushima Dai-ichi plan, the entire Omaha facility still has full electrical power for safety systems, including those used to cool radioactive waste. It also has at least nine backup power sources.