Skip to comments.NRC: 'Two feet of water' at Fort Calhoun but nuke plant still 'safe'
Posted on 06/22/2011 4:39:04 PM PDT by SoonerStorm09
OMAHA, Neb. -- While insisting that Nebraskas two nuclear power plants remain safe in the face of record flooding from the Missouri River, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on Wednesday issued a statement noting among other things two feet of water onsite in many areas of the Fort Calhoun plant which is 19 miles north of Omaha.
The NRC says it has upped its around the clock coverage at Fort Calhoun which is operated by the Omaha Public Power District. In addition to the two resident inspectors three more inspectors and a branch chief are now at the plant along with satellite phones for key workers and extra food and water.
(Excerpt) Read more at nebraska.watchdog.org ...
And the story is?
How big was the tsunami?
what gets me is why are we building these important plants in areas that get natural disasters?? northern michigan for instance doesn’t get tornados, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis or huricanes. Just a bit of snow.
The website you linked to is hopefully not something you are endorsing.
It shows the worst type of misinformation that the web allows.
NIMBY-ism. While the ideal location for a power plant, from an electrical point of view, is the middle of the load center (the city), the NIMBY-ists tend to banish them to locations that are the least desirable land available.
They ran out of dirt so they are using berm inspectors to make an inspector berm.
Somehow that doesn't provide much comfort to someone who lives in the general vicinity of this plant.
“When The Levee Breaks” (Led Zeppelin)
If it keeps on rainin’, levee’s goin’ to break, [X2]
When The Levee Breaks I’ll have no place to stay.
Mean old levee taught me to weep and moan, [X2]
Got what it takes to make a mountain man leave his home,
Oh, well, oh, well, oh, well.
Don’t it make you feel bad
When you’re tryin’ to find your way home,
You don’t know which way to go?
If you’re goin’ down South
They go no work to do,
If you don’t know about Chicago.
Cryin’ won’t help you, prayin’ won’t do you no good,
Now, cryin’ won’t help you, prayin’ won’t do you no good,
When the levee breaks, mama, you got to move.
All last night sat on the levee and moaned, [X2]
Thinkin’ about me baby and my happy home.
Going, going to Chicago... Going to Chicago... Sorry but I can’t take you...
Going down... going down now... going down....
I have 2 close members working at this facility right now. I have no worries for their safety.
Other than the normal concerns of any industrial type of facility. Don't get run over by a forklift, etc...
The damage that could happen if some of the protective levees fail; would be damage to outside facilities for electricity distribution. Those are very expensive pieces of equipment.
The actual reactor is cold right now. They just need some electricity to move some water in the spent fuel pool.
They have layered in multiple backup sources for that.
Good to hear. I’m about a hundred miles downwind, but I have family members who are much closer.
The economic damage (from the whole Missouri River area, not the plant) is going to very large for the whole area I think. The loss of income and property destruction will have ripple effects that we can’t see right now.
In my opinion...
My Dad told me about the big flood back in the Fifties. It was pretty bad in Omaha. Of course, that was before they channelized the river.
We may hear of flood protection measures there being overwhelmed. There is a lot of equipment and other buildings at the site.
That will probably bring dramatic headlines.
That would not mean a threat to the reactor area. But it might mean a bunch of expensive electrical distribution equipment being destroyed.
That would keep the plant offline much longer potentially and lead to additional costs for everyone.
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