The chief of the federal agency that regulates U.S. nuclear power plants is planning a visit Monday to a floodwater-surrounded plant in eastern Nebraska.
Members of the congressional delegation have been told Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko is planning to view flood preparations at Omaha Public Power District's Fort Calhoun Nuclear Research Station.
The two nuclear power plants in Nebraska -- near Fort Calhoun and Brownville -- are battling floodwaters from the rising Missouri River.
“The purpose of the visit is for Chairman Jaczko to view flood preparations and impacts at the facility, but the NRC has told us that details are yet to be finalized,” said Steve Wymer of U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns' office.
NRC regional spokesman Victor Dricks would say only that a visit was under consideration, but such trips are rarely announced until all stops have been scheduled.
OPPD, operator at Fort Calhoun, and the Nebraska Public Power District, which runs the Cooper Nuclear Station at Brownville, have said their plants remain safe despite the increasing releases of water from upstream dams.