Fort Calhoun Plant Not a Safety Concern

BLAIR - Federal regulators agree with the Omaha Public Power District that last year's failure of a key part during a test at the Fort Calhoun nuclear plant wasn't a significant safety concern. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Tuesday that the electrical part's failure represented only a low to moderate risk. But Fort Calhoun will receive additional oversight because of the problem. The NRC says the part's failure didn't pose a danger to the public. OPPD says three other backup parts worked fine. Plus, there are other ways to shut down the reactor. OPPD replaced all four of these electrical parts in February as a precaution. Fort Calhoun sits about 20 miles north of Omaha, on the west bank of the Missouri River.