Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant (Omaha, NE) Suffers a Major Accident, News Blackout ordered

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It definitely is a fact our Government is doing everything in their power to destroy the Country from top to bottom, forwards and backwards. This is awful news and not a peep about this in the state run news media anywhere. This is Treason at the Highest Level.

The Nation Newspaper Sunday, June 19, 2011

US orders news blackout over crippled Nebraska Nuclear Plant: report Submitted 1 day 9 hrs ago

A shocking report prepared by Russia’s Federal Atomic Energy Agency (FAAE) on information provided to them by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) states that the Obama regime has ordered a “total and complete” news blackout relating to any information regarding the near catastrophic meltdown of the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant located in Nebraska.

According to this report, the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Plant suffered a “catastrophic loss of cooling” to one of its idle spent fuel rod pools on 7 June after this plant was deluged with water caused by the historic flooding of the Missouri River which resulted in a fire causing the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) to issue a “no-fly ban” over the area.
Located about 20 minutes outside downtown Omaha, the largest city in Nebraska, the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Plant is owned by Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) who on their website denies their plant is at a “Level 4” emergency by stating: “This terminology is not accurate, and is not how emergencies at nuclear power plants are classified.”

Russian atomic scientists in this FAAE report, however, say that this OPPD statement is an “outright falsehood” as all nuclear plants in the world operate under the guidelines of the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES) which clearly states the “events” occurring at the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant do, indeed, put it in the “Level 4” emergency category of an “accident with local consequences” thus making this one of the worst nuclear accidents in US history.

Though this report confirms independent readings in the United States of “negligible release of nuclear gasses” related to this accident it warns that by the Obama regimes censoring of this event for “political purposes” it risks a “serious blowback” from the American public should they gain knowledge of this being hidden from them.

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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 25, 2011 at 7:52pm

Troubled nuke plant refocuses

By Henry J. Cordes

FORT CALHOUN, Neb. — The switch — one that's tripped when Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station needs to safely shut down its reactor — was making an unusual buzzing sound.

Plant engineers looked into it, made some repairs and overall didn't think it was a big deal.

Turns out they didn't understand the problem as well as they thought they did. During a later test, the switch malfunctioned.

The kind of thinking that led to the switch failure at the nuclear power plant 19 miles north of Omaha has now landed the plant in some hot water with federal regulators. More than a mechanical failing, it suggests a culture that's out of step with the assume-nothing, take-no-chances, stay-on-top-of-things approach that's demanded when working with a technology where multiple errors and failures can cascade into very, very bad results.

The switch issue came on the heels of another regulatory write-up Fort Calhoun had received for having inadequate plans for dealing with extremely massive flooding — flooding even greater than the historic high water levels seen at the plant this summer.

Fort Calhoun is one of only two out of the nation's 104 nuclear reactors currently on the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's list of most-troubled plants, and one of only eight to land on it over the past decade.  Lengthy story cont.:

Comment by Recall 15 on June 30, 2011 at 3:59pm

Satellite image of Fort Calhoun:

Click on the link for high res image!


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 28, 2011 at 6:40am

OK....We have another Nuke plant alert on RSOE EDIS


Pump failure causes shutdown of NJ nuclear reactor

LOWER ALLOWAYS CREEK TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — The Salem 2 nuclear power plant in southern New Jersey is shut down because of a problem with a reactor coolant pump.

Spokesman Jo Delmar tells Today's Sunbeam of Salem that the Salem 2 reactor went offline automatically at 6 p.m. Sunday. Delmar says an auxiliary pump automatically kicked in when the main pump shut down.

He says the cause is under investigation.

Salem 2 is one of three reactors operated at the Artificial Island generating site in Lower Alloways Creek Township on the Delaware River.

The Salem 1 and Hope Creek reactors continue to operate at full power. The three plants provide enough electricity to power 3 million homes.


Comment by Recall 15 on June 27, 2011 at 7:50am

There is no power on these plant tonight!: Switch to Back-ups

June 26, 2011

A berm at a nuclear power plant in Fort Calhoun, Neb., collapsed early this morning, allowing Missouri River flood waters to reach containment buildings and transformers and forcing the shutdown of electrical power.

Tonight, backup generators are cooling the nuclear material at the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station.


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Comment by Recall 15 on June 27, 2011 at 1:48am

More on the Flood situation there:

Published Sunday June 26, 2011
Flood wall fails at Fort Calhoun
Floodwaters surrounded several buildings at the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station early Sunday morning after a water-filled wall collapsed.

The plant, about 19 miles north of Omaha, remains safe, Omaha Public Power District officials said Sunday afternoon.

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Comment by JP on June 21, 2011 at 1:51am

I feel compelled to share this. I am also a member of the Global Zero project to eliminate nuclear weapons from this planet and was sent this email today.  I believe that the Elite has ordered no more news on Japans nuclear crisis so that they can try to keep us in the dark about the true dangers. I have a feeling exposing the proof of the sinister control over nuclear power will help bring the US more awake our position and the true dangers.


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Comment by Nancy Lieder on June 20, 2011 at 7:28pm

The story of the flooding is in all sorts of major media, but no mention of the fire!


Nebraska nuclear plant safe from flooding, officials say
June 18, 2011
Coming only a few months after Japan's nuclear disaster, the Associated Press images alarmed many people who saw them this week. But nuclear regulators and the utility that runs the Fort Calhoun reactor say there is little cause for concern. The plant, encircled by a giant rubber barrier against the water, has been shut down since April. The Omaha Public Power District said the complex will not be reactivated until the flooding subsides. The building housing the reactor has been fortified with steel plates on the outside and a series of internal barriers. The pool that holds radioactive spent fuel is in an elevated structure several stories above the rest of the power plant, so the waste is well-protected from floodwaters.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 20, 2011 at 5:21pm

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A fire in an electrical switch room on Tuesday briefly knocked out cooling for a pool holding spent nuclear fuel at the Fort Calhoun nuclear plant outside Omaha, Neb., plant officials said. The safety of deep pools used to store used radioactive fuel at nuclear plants has been an issue since the accident at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant in March. If the cooling water a pool is lost, the used nuclear fuel could catch fire and release radiation. As ProPublica reported earlier, fire safety is a continuing concern at the country's 104 commercial reactors, as is the volume of spent fuel piling up at plants. Officials at Fort Calhoun said the situation at their plant came nowhere near to Fukushima's. They said it would have taken 88 hours for the heat produced by the fuel to boil away the cooling water. Workers restored cooling in about 90 minutes, and plant officials said the temperature in the pool only increased by two degrees. The fire, reported at 9:30 a.m., led to the loss of electrical power for the system that circulates cooling water through the spent fuel pool, according to a report from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. A chemical fire suppression system discharged, and the plant's fire brigade cleared smoke from the room and reported that the fire was out at 10:20 a.m., the NRC said. Mike Jones, a spokesman for the plant's owner, the Omaha Public Power District, said Fort Calhoun has a backup pump to provide water to the spent fuel in case the main system is lost. That pump, which runs on a separate power supply from the rest of the plant, was inspected and standing by on Tuesday, but plant operators restored main power to the pool before the emergency pump was needed, he said. Fort Calhoun's single reactor has been shut down since April for refueling. The plant had already been operating under a heightened level of alert because of nearby flooding on the Missouri River, the NRC said. The cause of the fire remained under investigation this morning.

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