Ft. Calhoun nuke plant can’t be inspected for damage until floodwaters recede — Restart may be some time next spring

Published: July 29th, 2011 at 11:49 am ET


Nuclear plant will wait to reopen, AP, July 28, 2011:

Officials plan an inspection after waters recede.

When the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant will be able to restart is still not clear because the utility that operates it won’t be able to inspect it for damage until floodwaters from the overflowing Missouri River recede, officials said yesterday. […]

Utility officials say they have no set timeline for restarting it because they won’t know what work is needed until after the water level drops. The plant could reopen this fall, but it could even be delayed until next spring depending upon repairs, inspections and the weather. […]

Published: July 29th, 2011 at 11:49 am ET


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29 comments to Ft. Calhoun nuke plant can’t be inspected for damage until floodwaters recede — Restart may be some time next spring

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Posting to HP
    But reposting this RT Video
    Fukushima Nosebleeds, Suicides, and Cultural Dilemmas with Japan Gov’t LIES 7 28 11

    • The waters recede in a month or two?
      Until then the high radiation readings every couple of days will be there in Omaha etc. And incipient tracks of betas through living beiings, some of them leading to painful experiences! Presumably this a beyond design basis flood!

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    We have another HERO to add to our list:
    Professor Tatsuhiko Kodama

    • I went through that horrible experience of the Professor and commented there. Thanks Whoopie for bringing it to our notice. The whole thing is turning out to be as dark as the 2nd World War and the Cold one. With one difference- the time scale of suffering is infinitely more and extends to generations and is never ending(Like Hiroshima and Nagasaki) and thus an extinction level event. Our endeavours must make the people realise this and we must change fast. Hope we will see light soon.

      • Whoopie Whoopie

        Spot on comment Ram. This is beyond anything anyone could have imagined. It’s the Bataan March all over again. Yes, we NEED TO CHANGE FAST! Thanks Ram. Glad your here!

  • Can’t believe they believed we needed to be told this about an inspection can’t be preformed while it’s under water ! Good Grief !

    • Oh Henry Oh Henry they are all waiting
      till there is a hole in the bucket–
      dear Henry dear Henry there are tracks of electrons
      Through cells through cells
      From betas From betas
      All over Omaha Omaha
      Children and sisters and brothers
      And cells all living
      Its all unsafe says Gofman
      Heed Oh Henry Heed Oh Henry
      Become Alice in Wonderland
      Oh Henry jump into the bucket
      And see the damage dive
      dive Oh Henry dive
      into the bucket
      And capture the damage!
      Into the bucket and
      Correct the damage
      Oh Henry Oh Henry
      Dont wait till there’s a hole!
      Dear Henry dear Henry!

    • WindorSolarPlease

      I think this says a lot, and I don’t think it looks good.

      Would like to see the radiation tests in air and water in the area.

    • WindorSolarPlease

      Hi Heart of the Rose.

      Amazing pictures, thanks for link.

      All that has been flooded, I would not be surprised if it was contaminated.

      Wonder what will be higher gas prices or our grocery bill (food from South America)?

      • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

        Hi, WindorSolarPlease..
        All the water being held back there is truly amazing.
        The flooding and drought concern me …amplified by the state of our economy..and the reason I suggest some prepping.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    ….think of the ground saturation upriver…wowsers.

  • shaktasna999

    What happens to all of the employees? they are off work until Spring or do they transfer?

    • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication


      No, I believe all the employees are still working. Cold shutdown does not mean the plant is closed. It is still hot and will continue to need cooling for a long time to come. They would not restart it until flood waters recede since there is danger of dam(s) giving way until then. At least that is my understanding.

  • shaktasna999

    Thank you NoPrevarication. I surely hope these employees are not currently breathing in lethal doses.

    • WindorSolarPlease

      If I was them, I would ask for the readings. They should know what conditions they are working under, they might deserve hazard pay.

      • WindorSolarPlease

        Maybe the workers don’t have a Union to protect them?

        • lokay5 lokay5

          Yeah. Just like the Oil, Chemical, and Atomic Workers’ Union “protected” Karen Silkwood!

        • milk and cheese milk and cheese

          Do ya think?

        • WindorSolarPlease

          Karen Silkwood Union Activist and chemical technician at the Kerr-McGee plant


          Unions organize and have talks to the big guys trying to help make a better and safer Work Environment with the help of whistle blowers, they are not body guards. Whistle blowers, know there are always risks.

          • WindorSolarPlease

            Unions also fight for the workers pay, benefits, any problems within the work place.

            Karen Silkwood was very brave to have gone against some very big people. She got the word out there.

            I don’t believe in my life time, I will see a Nuke Free World. Even though they should all be Shut Down.

            If not a nuke free world, then at least make things safe as it can be, there is no room for sloppy, cheap, cost cutting work. Remember that floods, tornados, and so on happens.

          • WindorSolarPlease

            I do think we should keep trying to legally close down Nuclear Plants and create safer energy.

  • WindorSolarPlease

    We need people like Martin Luther King Jr. all over the world, activists to lead an important peaceful movements to shut these plants down.
    He showed they were in numbers and to be reckoned with. We the people matter.

  • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno@yahoo.com

    Windor No, what is not needed is a movement that can be stopped. You need to get the job done. The power elite is ready any “leader” and is ready for any “leaderled” “response”. These are far more cruel times than those of Ghandi or MLK. You need action, unpredictable and all from the ground up that will confuse the enemy at the top and it must be forceful;otherwise, you can kiss your future goodbye.

    • WindorSolarPlease

      I think Martin Luther King Jr. is a very good example how things can be done at any generation, without violent causing chaos.

      If there were numbers of people like Martin Luther King Jr. had, there is no way that can be ignored.

      He had a way to lead the people in the right direction to make changes.

  • WindorSolarPlease


    without violence, causing chaos.

    Wish there was a way to edit own reply

  • Stephengn

    “Restart may be some time next spring”

    Just in time for the next flood!!