Skip to comments.OPPD Dispels Nuclear Meltdown Rumors In Ft. Calhoun (Omaha, Nebraska)
Posted on 06/18/2011 9:49:57 AM PDT by Libloather
OPPD Dispels Nuclear Meltdown Rumors In Ft. Calhoun
Officials: Fukushima Event Will Not Happen In Ft. Calhoun
UPDATED: 10:37 am CDT June 18, 2011
OMAHA, Neb. -- Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman toured the flooded Missouri River this week and saw the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Plant, seemingly inundated by water.
The same image that the governor saw reached the Internet and had led to a wave of rumors. But Omaha Public Power District officials said the images don't tell the whole story.
They said the flood water pumped into a giant donut around the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant was put there to keep flood water out. Officials called it an "aqua berm."
The OPPD showed videos taken almost two weeks ago to demonstrate the efforts to keep the facility dry.
"I want (people) to understand the plant is safe (and) will continue to be safe," said Dave Bannister, an OPPD nuclear plant officer.
Officials said on Friday that the plant is on the lowest emergency status, but they are prepared if it rises another 10 feet.
"We have a lot of margin of where we are today. And, if things were to progress, we still have margins and actions to be able to address that," Bannister said.
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Actually, I think that nuke plant was already shut down for refueling, but obviously, they don’t want flood water getting in there, mainly due to the stored radioactive waste, which still requires cooling, etc.
Closer to Memorial Day was the planned restart. It will be a very long time; probably at least 2 months. Maybe the first of the year.
Lot's of revenue dollars lost with it sitting cold. This is just one example of how industry is being disrupted along the river.
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The dams on the Missouri are running all turbines 24/7 in an attempt to clear as much water downstream as possible. I'd guess that the Ft. Calhoun power output isn't really needed that badly right now.
Well, OPPD is a government utility; it’t not like they have stockholders to please. :-0
“The dams on the Missouri are running all turbines 24/7 in an attempt to clear as much water downstream as possible. I’d guess that the Ft. Calhoun power output isn’t really needed that badly right now.”
Correction, The Turbines pretty much run 24/7. I have toured Gavins Point Dam a couple of times. The crime here is that the corp of engineers ought to have opened the flood gates in March. As with any govt agency, they are reactive.
The floodgates are wide open at Gavins Point Dam.
I think OPPD is spending a lot of extra $$ buying power they hadn’t planned to.
They had this plant all ready to go.
But the timing was very fortunate. Having in cold shutdown probably saved a lot of extra work and worry.
I’m not an expert, but I would guess the engineers would back that up.
“The crime here is that the corp of engineers ought to have opened the flood gates in March. As with any govt agency, they are reactive.”
Well I’m no expert, but the heavy snowfalls in the watershed were there for them to see and measure all along.
Lets just hope all the dams hold. I was streaming KFAB out of Omaha at work on Thursday. They had the guy on who wrote the article in the St Louis paper about the possibility of one of the dams failing.
It would of course be catastrophic IF it happened. He wasn’t predicting it would; but just saying it is a scenario to be aware of.
The Corps opens or closes gates depending on the porblems the water may cause downstream. Opening the gates in March may have caused bigger problems with the record flood on the lower Mississippi in May.
>> “They had the guy on who wrote the article in the St Louis paper about the possibility of one of the dams failing” <<
Scaremongering is People Control 101.
It’s a load of crap. They are taking extra precautions but there is no imminent danger from the possible flooding or a dam break.
“Scaremongering is People Control 101.”
Well I generally agree that happens. But that wasn’t the case here I don’t think.
This guy I think has some credibility. His point was there is a remote possibility of this event happening, and people should know that.
He said several times that he was not predicting it would happen.
Using the word “remote” is a huge exaggeration of the probability.