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Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Station stopped generating power in 2016.

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.

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