Arnie Gundersen: NEBRASKA NUKE DISASTER – Flood, Fire and Heat, “Five O’Clock Shadow” with Robert Knight, WBAI, June 9, 2011:
At 3:30 in
On June 6, 2011, the Fort Calhoun pressurized water nuclear reactor 20 miles north of Omaha, Nebraska entered emergency status due to imminent flooding from the Missouri River. A day later, there was an electrical fire requiring plant evacuation. Then, on June 8th, NRC event reports confirmed the fire resulted in the loss of cooling for the reactor’s spent fuel pool.
The discussion includes specific details of the technical failures at Fort Calhoun, the risks of coolant loss at overcrowded “spent” fuel pools, and the national hazards of nuclear facilities along the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, and other water sites during the current period of floods and climate change.
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Published: June 10th, 2011 at 10:50 am ET
- Fire knocks out spent fuel cooling at nuclear plant near Omaha — Operating under heightened alert level because of nearby flooding on Missouri River June 10, 2011
- Radioactive releases “not expected” at Omaha nuke plant — “As of now, there has been no risk to the public” June 16, 2011
- Mystery fire at Ft. Calhoun nuke plant: Disabled ability to cool spent fuel pool — Feds sending special team of inspectors to learn more — Reactor will not restart until cause determined September 12, 2011
- NRC takes “unusual step” of sending top regional regulator and more inspectors to troubled Omaha nuke plant (PHOTO) June 17, 2011
- ‘Event’ at Cooper nuke plant: Uncontrolled release of oil into Missouri River after levees are over topped June 20, 2011