Federal inspectors checking to see if Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station is ready to restart have formally put the plant on notice about two new violations.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said this week said the plant did not give a proper safety classification to a series of gates used to help bring in water from the Missouri River to help cool the reactor. In addition, plant operators did not notify the NRC about changes they made to flood protection plans.
The notice comes as the Omaha Public Power District plant, about 20 miles north of Omaha, tries to prepare itself to start producing power for the first time in nearly two years.
NRC inspectors are making their way through a checklist of more than 450 items to ensure the plant is safe enough to return to normal operations. So far, the NRC says it has signed off on about 100 of those items.
Additional findings from inspectors will be presented to the public at a meeting within the next several weeks.
OPPD spokesman Jeff Hanson said that the district is aware of the newly identified issues and that it's unlikely they will push the restart timeline back.
“We're still looking at being able to restart before the peak summer season,” he said.
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