Floodwaters Surge At Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant After Floodwall Fails

Tyler Durden's picture

We hadn't previously discussed the situation at the Fort Calhoun, Nebraska nuclear power plant, as there was still a possibility that it was containable, and the deterioration had been largely blown out of proportion. Alas now that the Missouri River flood waters have penetrated the last ditch water-filled wall, and have since surrounded the  containment buildings and other vital areas of a Nebraska nuclear plant, it may be time to get a little more concerned. As Reuters reports, "The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said the breach in the 2,000-foot (600 meters) inflatable berm around the Fort Calhoun station occurred around 1:25 a.m. local time. More than 2 feet (60 cm) of water rushed in around containment buildings and electrical transformers at the 478-megawatt facility located 20 miles (30 km) north of Omaha." Naturally, the severity of the situation is being downplayed by the NRC, very much the way Tepco and Japanese authorities pretended the Fukushima situation was under control, until it was uncovered that there had been plant meltdown within hours of the tsunami: "Reactor shutdown cooling and spent-fuel pool cooling were unaffected, the NRC said. The plant, operated by the Omaha Public Power District, has been off line since April for refueling." That's one version of the story. A far better one would be calling up the Octogenarian of Omaha and upon getting voicemail, inquiring in what part of the world he is currently residing until the Fort Calhoun situation is actually fixed. To everyone else, we would merely suggest they copycat Buffet, especially after seeing the picture of the plant below (taken June 16, which means the situation now is far worse), which makes the flooding at Fukushima look tame by comparison.

More from Reuters:

Crews activated emergency diesel generators after the breach, but restored normal electrical power by Sunday afternoon, the NRC said.

Buildings at the Fort Calhoun plant are watertight, the agency said. It noted that the cause of the berm breach is under investigation.

NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko and other officials planned to visit the site on Monday.

Jaczko will also visit the Cooper Nuclear Station near Brownville, Nebraska, another facility that has been watched closely with Missouri River waters rising from heavy rains and snow melt.

And some more from the Omaha World Herald:

“We put up the aqua-berm as additional protection,” said OPPD spokesman Mike Jones. “(The plant) is in the same situation it would have been in if the berm had not been added. We're still within NRC regulations.”

According to the NRC, the berm was eight-feet tall and 16-feet wide at the base. It was designed to provide protection for the plant's "powerblock" for up to six feet of water. Crews will look at whether it can be patched, OPPD officials said.

On Sunday, floodwater surrounded the nuclear plant's main electrical transformers, and power was transferred to emergency diesel generators.

OPPD officials said the transfer was precautionary because of water leaking around the concrete berm surrounding the main transformers.

Efforts were underway to reconnect to offsite power once all safety checks have been completed.

The floodwaters also surrounded auxiliary and containment buildings, which are designed to handle water up to 1,014 feet above sea level. The Missouri River is at 1,006.3 feet and isn't expected to exceed 1008 feet.

Once again, the NRC is here to save the day:

The NRC says its inspectors were at the plant when the berm failed and have confirmed that the flooding has had no impact on the reactor shutdown cooling or the spent fuel pool cooling.

In a statement released Wednesday, the NRC said there is a separate, earthen berm to protect the electrical switchyard and a concrete barrier surrounding electrical transformers.

Last week, the NRC augmented its inspection staff at Fort Calhoun. In addition to the two resident inspectors, three more inspectors and a branch chief were added to provide around the clock coverage of plant activities.

Both Fort Calhoun and Cooper Nuclear Plant, in Brownville, Neb., remain under “unusual event” declarations, the lowest of four levels of emergency notification.

Naturally, by the time the "unusual event" declarations escalate, it just may be too late.

That said, we urge readers situated in the vicinity to carefully consider their relocation alternatives, and until there is further clarity on the NPP flood, to possibly shift to safer environs.

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jeff montanye's picture

that link seems dated; it says if any plant has a meltdown it's a nightmare.  tepco now admits there was full meltdown in three plants immediately after the tsunami. 

doomandbloom's picture

everything is under control..no really...the officials know what they are doing...all phd's i am sure

JW n FL's picture

It is safe!

 

1. The fire that blew the cooling for the storage area that has 4X's more rods than it was designed originally to handle... No worries!

2. Two or was it Three? (3) weeks ago when all of this happened it was happy days with NO! National Coverage!

3. If you believe anything those people are saying?? do Yourself a favor and use the search option here in ZeroHedge and search "Fukushima"! Spoiler Alert!! They LIE, They Always Lie!! Until the shit is up around YOUR neck Not Theirs!

JW n FL's picture

Hey! http://www.zerohedge.com/article/nebraska-nuclear-reactor-flooded

 

Why we have NOT! Posted this before?

 

George Posted it after I sprinkled the links everywhere that I cliped and pasted from another member of FightClub that only posted it once.. so!

 

1. We owe someone else here (not me) the credit for first brining it here to Fight Club!

 

2. George Washington Dan sure has done more than 1 article..

 

3. Give Credit Tyler! where its due and dont come back with legal said it was safe becuase it was sourced from outa house!

FunkyMonkeyBoy's picture

Radiation is good for you.

bob_dabolina's picture

I just glanced at finviz and it says the DOW futures are trading @ 118. 

I have a screen capture saved.

ZackLo's picture

on another note guys check out this misprint? hft?

http://finviz.com/futures_charts.ashx?t=YM&p=m5

Rover's picture

Dow/Gold ratio entering buy range?

Goldtoothchimp09's picture

that's how the illuminati signal the future target level

MobBarley's picture

You may be a tad more correct than you wanted to be.

 

treemagnet's picture

Anybody know whats safe? 300/400/500/600 miles etc? North/south/east/west?  This is too close for comfort - as I'm currently inelgibile for a Netjets account since my other home in Baden-Baden is being redecorated in a faux-chic 80's theme.

CrazyCooter's picture

Might I reccomend ... Alaska?

Regards,

Cooter

Cathartes Aura's picture

Alaska's a tad shakey just now, with a 7.2 earthshake just the other day, and some 4-5.+ aftershocks, along the Fox/Aleutian Island string. . . couple of 4.0's yesterday in S. Alaska. . .

CrazyCooter's picture

:)

I didn't feel anything here! Given the state is 2.5 times the size of Texas and has climates from temperate to artic, generalizations are of limited value.

On that note, I had a great time hiking today and even took some pics! If ya'll care, you can check them out here:

http://allthefederales.blogspot.com/2011/06/dragging-my-ass-like-u-haul....

Regards,

Cooter

Cathartes Aura's picture

aye, most of AK's earthshakin' happens (daily) along the coastlines - you should be safe "draggin' yer ass" up the mountainsides!

and thanks for the link - those pictures were a tonic - I live on the edge of wilderness here, but those alpine meadows were reminiscent of some climbs from my past. . . and the shots of the channel, complete with grey clouds & wet lens - ahhhh, I have similar taken in the Scottish Highlands, truly one of the most beautiful places on the planet (for me). . . I miss the days when I loved the clouds, when they were "real". . .

cheers!

Stoploss's picture

According to finviz futures, the dow is currently down 99% to 118.89

BTFD!

unum mountaineer's picture

tyler, a little sunday evening levity..pretty big week for a fat finger joke

dark pools of soros's picture

Blythe just told me no one is gonna get screwed ,..  so relax

knukles's picture

“(The plant) is in the same situation it would have been in if the berm had not been added."

WTF?

And that's supposed to assuage any prehensile, reptilian, deep-seated, hard wired, cynically experience based, there is definitely something the fuck badly wrong fears?

As some ZHer wrote a few weeks ago concerning all this shit, we're not to worry because;
"Stephen Chu is very smart." 

(squeezing eyes imagining little red sandals, clicking heels, looking for my old Toto album)

ZerOhead's picture

News release July 4th as river crests above 1,014 ft...

“We put up the containment building as additional protection,” said OPPD spokesman Mike Jones. “(The reactor) is in the same situation it would have been in if the containment building had not been added. We're still within NRC regulations.”

CompassionateFascist's picture

"The plant just exploded. It, and a 200 mile radius, are in the same condition as if they had never existed." You cannot make this stuff up; goobermint General Issue.

CompassionateFascist's picture

Impossible. The Cuban health care system is the best in the world. Fidel is living proof.

LMAO's picture

That's a nice dry patch not too far North of the plant. Yet they built where they did.

Oh, I get it stopped by "save the red fox" animal activists.

 

LMAO

JW n FL's picture

the fact that you think.. that some tree hugging liberal homo would cause them to move left or right?

 

how about it was cheaper to do it one way or another and because it was cheaper and as well made someone else happy.. they played up the fact they were cooperating with tree huggin homo's..

 

the simple fact that you dont understand that is really the way of the world speaks to the risk you pose the world with your rampant ignorance covering everyone and anything around you.

 

People like you should be classified a disease and a crew should come in and burn you, your offspring and anything else that you have contaminated with your ignorance.

LMAO's picture

Put down the crack-pipe for a second and try to make a coherent statement.

LMAO

snowball777's picture

He disemboweled your laughable bullshit and made 3 points to your zero.

 

LMAO's picture

Pffffft,

Observation:

That's a nice dry patch not too far North of the plant.

Yet they built where they did.

Far-fetched conclusion: Oh, I get it stopped by "save the red fox" animal activists.

 

Reaction:

the fact that you think.. that some tree hugging liberal homo would cause them to move left or right?

how about it was cheaper to do it one way or another and because it was cheaper and as well made someone else happy.. they played up the fact they were cooperating with tree huggin homo's..

the simple fact that you dont understand that is really the way of the world speaks to the risk you pose the world with your rampant ignorance covering everyone and anything around you.

The icing on the cake:

People like you should be classified a disease and a crew should come in and burn you, your offspring and anything else that you have contaminated with your ignorance.

 

Best case scenario: He was high on crack when he wrote this.

Worst case scenario: He was not, owns guns and ammo and lives in your neighbourhood.

Obviously, the guy is a real gem and you seem to applaud him.

LMAO

Ahmeexnal's picture

silver drops under 34.00

ZeroSpread's picture

"On a long enough timeline.." looks to me like a time-lapse. Thx for posting!

Lucius Cornelius Sulla's picture

The reactor has been shutdown since April...

Ahmeexnal's picture

How exactly do you shutdown spent fuel MOX rods? Are they safe to handle with bare hands now?

MobBarley's picture

Yes they are, and poor African children will be happy to receive their free self warming

stickball bats.

 

buzzsaw99's picture

Fukushima #4 that exploded was shut down too.

Zero Govt's picture

that's a good point ....a Uranium driven steam engine makes a great energy source in theory ...Tepco shareholders now understand the difference between theory and reality, they have share certificates with conclusive evidence of the difference

Lucius Cornelius Sulla's picture

Unlike a massive earthquake, this flood has given them plenty of time to make preparations.  Barring evidence to the contrary, I will give them the benefit of the doubt.

Cathartes Aura's picture

FEMA were sourcing the meals for their "new madrid" drill back in February. . . that water must be putting hella pressure on the landscape. . .

fuckin' psychic, eh.

dwdollar's picture

Right...  the same people who built it there and allowed themselves only 6 feet to spare.  I'm sure they have everything under control.  After all, when was the last time a nuclear accident occurred?

buzzsaw99's picture

I trust the nrc, they aren't in bed with the nuke industry no not at all. :roll:

Franken_Stein's picture

 

Is there a way for Goldman Sachs to make money out of this ?

Going short nuclear stocks ?

 

Zero Govt's picture

no they hadn't time to get out the press release for their clients to go long and be bled dry (the Libyan Sovereign Fund is also all out of money, can't think why!)

buzzsaw99's picture

I trust the sec, they aren't in bed with the squid no not at all. :roll:

Goldtoothchimp09's picture

"Some sort of machinery came in contact with the berm, puncturing it and causing the berm to deflate, said Mike Jones, a spokesman for the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD), which owns the Fort Calhoun plant."

....so it's true?!  It really is a bunch of Homer Simpsons running these nuke plants!

Goldtoothchimp09's picture

sounds like one of my lame fibs dating from the 3rd grade....uh...some sort of accident happened, yeah, some sort of machinery thingy ... like...just up and did something wrong

knukles's picture

Absolute proof that Osama Bil Laden is 'live, well and fuckin' 'round with Amuricah, an soons I'm back in Warshintun, I'm a gonna call fur a full investigasuhh inta this here daminable lapse of internal seckuritee.

Goldtoothchimp09's picture

He's probably more powerful as another dimensional apparition/ghost

Obama finds a way to fuck up everything he touches!!  Or......maybe Obama IS the anti-christ -- he unleased Bin Laden's ghost.