It is unlikely the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant will restart before fall because of the extensive inspections and repairs needed, federal regulators said.
Officials from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the Omaha Public Power District met Wednesday night in Blair, NE, to talk about the plant that’s about 20 miles north of Omaha.
The NRC’s Troy Pruett said he expects the agency will be conducting detailed inspections at Fort Calhoun through the summer.
After that, NRC officials will review the situation before deciding whether the plant is ready to restart safely.
Fort Calhoun shut down last April for a planned refueling maintenance. Flooding along the Missouri River forced it to remain closed last summer.
Regulators are watching Fort Calhoun closely because of its track record over the past two years.