Omaha Public Power District’s years of struggle involving the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station have left many ratepayers exasperated. But OPPD management appears to have a sound idea for saving up to $200 million through an accelerated decommissioning plan.
Under the proposal, OPPD would transport nuclear fuel and material to an out-of-state facility, instead of storing it on-site. Deconstruction could perhaps be complete in 10 years, shaving off a possible 50 years.
The OPPD board could discuss the proposal as early as its Oct. 11 meeting. The plan needs close scrutiny, but it’s certainly well worth considering.