Almost a year has passed since the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station closed for what was supposed to be routine maintenance.
Since then, flooding, a fire and other problems have kept the plant from resuming operations, adding to the costs for customers of Omaha Public Power District.
The public will have a chance this week to learn more about what is happening at the plant.
The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission has scheduled a public meeting on the reactor's progress as part of its efforts to make sure the oversight process is transparent.
The meeting will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Blair High School Auditorium, 440 N. 10th St., Blair.
Officials with OPPD will brief the commission on its actions, and the NRC will provide feedback. The agency also will take questions from the public.
The agency has placed Fort Calhoun in a special oversight category and issued one of its most severe citations possible against the reactor.
What most concerns the NRC is the June electrical fire. The fire caused serious damage to an emergency breaker and caused other problems.
Federal regulators as well as the plant's operators have said consistently that the public has not been and still is not at risk from the plant. In part that's because the plant is shut down, but also because a wide margin of safety exists.
The plant shut down last April 8 for maintenance that was supposed to be completed by June. A restart date has not been set.
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