Rumors swirl around state nuclear plants
And inaccurate information and rumors floating on the Internet are fueling the fear
One of Nebraska's two nuclear power plants - Fort Calhoun Station north of Omaha - is surrounded by the Missouri River.
The Fort Calhoun plant is about 75 miles east of Columbus.
The other - Cooper Nuclear Station near Brownville - is close to shutting down because the Missouri River is rising to critical levels and pushing water over levees.
The plant temporarily lost power to a pump that cools the spent-fuel pool, but power was switched to a backup pump, said OPPD, which runs Fort Calhoun. During the 90-minute interruption, the temperature of the pool increased a few degrees, but the pool was not in danger of boiling, the utility said.
The reactor and spent-fuel pool are in a normal, stable condition and are protected from flooding, OPPD said. The plant was shut down for refueling in April and will remain shut down until floodwaters recede.
"Both plants are taking appropriate action to protect vital equipment," Dricks said of Fort Calhoun and Cooper, which is operated by the Nebraska Public Power District.
David Lochbaum, director of the nuclear safety project for the Union of Concerned Scientists, said both plants have had time to prepare for Missouri River flooding. Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., the group generally is critical of nuclear reactor safety.
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] -Seems to be under control. Bears a close watch.