Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Nebraska nuclear reactor flooding: Rachel Maddow tells you what Omaha television stations aren't

Two years ago the Nuclear Regulatory Commission discovered that (due to a miscalculation) Ft. Calhoun's flooding preparation was inadequate, and forced the plant's operator, OPPD (Omaha Public Power District) to get with the program and make necessary upgrades, without which the current situation would be much, much worse.

The plant was built in 1973, which means that OPPD had about 37 years to discover the miscalculation and make necessary corrections, but evidently did nothing until the NRC forced it to get cracking in 2009.

Today, the New York Times characterized the long road ahead for Ft. Calhoun's problems.

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