Neb. utility touts progress at troubled nuke plant

March 26, 2013 • Business

Louis Cortopassi, site Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer at the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant in Blair, Neb., speaks during a media tour Tuesday, March 26, 2013. The power plant has been idle since April 2011 because of a series of safety problems and massive flooding by the Missouri River in 2011. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

BLAIR, Neb. (AP) — Utility officials say the troubled Nebraska nuclear power plant that has been idle since 2011 might be ready to restart yet this spring — shortly after the two-year anniversary of its shutdown — but first they’ll have to convince federal regulators the plant is ready.

On Tuesday, Omaha Public Power District officials showed off the progress that’s been made at the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant. Still, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says significant work remains at the plant about 20 miles north of Omaha.

The site has been shut down since 2011 because of a series of safety concerns and flooding.

Lou Cortopassi, OPPD’s chief nuclear officer, said he’s confident Fort Calhoun will be ready to restart this spring because many of the issues at the plant have been addressed, and there’s a clear idea of what work remains.

“I have a high confidence level that the NRC will approve restart,” Cortopassi said.

But OPPD has offered several projected restart dates and those have come and gone, leaving Fort Calhoun Login to read more

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