Floodwaters Surge At Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant After Floodwall Fails

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Sun, 06/26/2011 - 18:20 | 1403689 magis00
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Oh. Boy.

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 18:37 | 1403729 Xibalba
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H. to the A.A.R.P

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 19:43 | 1403897 mophead
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Financial repression at its worst: creative destruction. The grand reset continues.

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 20:24 | 1404022 Fish Gone Bad
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Some days I get up and wish I was not so damned old.  The ongoing shitstorms are happening so frequently they are becoming the new "normal". 

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 22:04 | 1404439 trav7777
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hope y'alls bugout ranches aren't downwind lol

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 20:29 | 1404053 Libertarians fo...
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As a strict Ron Paul libertarian, I hope the government doesn't spend our tax dollars to help contain or secure this nuclear problem in Omaha.  When asked about the Mississippi River flooding on Good Morning America last month, RP said, "If it’s too dangerous (for people to live there), why dump the responsibility on the taxpayer?”

If some people make the bad decision to live near rivers or oceans or nuclear power plants or volcanos or cracks in the Earth's crust, it is not my responsibility to bail them out when disaster strikes.  When are we, as a nation, finally going to return to the cruel, unforgiving principles of social darwinism and survival of the fittest, rather than continuously trying to help people in need? 

Ron Paul/Social Darwinism/Sink or Swim 2012


Sun, 06/26/2011 - 20:36 | 1404085 Ahmeexnal
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Ron Paul doesn't have the slightest chance of winning against Bachmann. Unless he gets himself a pair of 38DD breast implants.

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 01:03 | 1404740 Oh regional Indian
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Hah on Paul.


But Re. Fort Calhoun, some of us have been on it for a while now:





Sun, 06/26/2011 - 21:08 | 1404197 Havana White
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Be my neighbor... please?

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 21:54 | 1404396 CrazyCooter
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I think you are (intentionally/satirically) conflating two things:

  • Nuclear disasters are the gov'ts business and anything that can be done to contain/prevent the crisis should be done
  • If you build a house in a flood plain, it should have the K-Mart guarantee - you got it, its yours



Sun, 06/26/2011 - 22:23 | 1404487 Jack Napier
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Dr. Paul is a supposed Christian who has numerous family members in the masonic order which worships the great architect with people of any faith. One world religion, blasphemy, and an obvious shill.

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 01:25 | 1404754 jeff montanye
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one's probably as likely as the other (religions that is).  paul is refreshingly different and what's that other thing, oh yeah, right about the evil turn toward police state that has so accelerated here in the last decade.  he ain't perfect, not even close, but he certainly opens up the debate.

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 03:07 | 1404816 pcrs
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I think you would have no problem raising money voluntarily to contain a nucleair spill. People tend not to like that. It would be far more easy than raising money voluntarily to drop bombs on brown people living on our oil.

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 09:40 | 1405154 ibjamming
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How about FEEDING black/brown people too...I'm tired of being robbed to pay for that...can we make THAT voluntary too?

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 15:32 | 1406309 Cathartes Aura
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when you stop STEALING from "black/brown" people to guarantee your economic "lifestyle" - then sure, it will all even out.

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 08:02 | 1404977 fallout11
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Hilarious! +1.

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 18:42 | 1403735 Ahmeexnal
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Nothing to worry about. Teleprompter in chief has everything under control.

He's monitoring the whole situation between holes playing golf in South Africa.


Sun, 06/26/2011 - 18:59 | 1403783 ZerOhead
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Let's see now... 1,014 ft minus 'expected' 1008 ft... hmmmm...

So things are expected to be 'six feet under'?

(That doesn't sound so good...)

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 20:43 | 1404095 Sambo
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situation is indeed 'grave'

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 00:02 | 1404666 Mec-sick-o
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So reactor is now naturally "entombed"?

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 02:20 | 1404782 Apeman
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The water has 'crossed' the berm

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 09:15 | 1405101 MobBarley
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Six Feet Under!

Direly Awesome!



Sun, 06/26/2011 - 18:59 | 1403773 Out9922
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Now I know why Fema needed 8 million underwater bodybags.  Flooding will be unreal this summer

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 21:03 | 1404195 Whoa Dammit
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Gotta love the high tech "let's use a giant inner tube" approach to protecting nuke plants from flood waters.<sarcasm>

I see that worked real well for them. Maybe next time (assuming we live through this time) someone who isn't suicial will be in charge of distaster prevention.

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 21:30 | 1404332 goldfish1
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Gotta love the high tech "let's use a giant inner tube" approach to protecting nuke plants from flood waters.



Mon, 06/27/2011 - 01:10 | 1404743 blunderdog
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No one could ever have foreseen a FLOOD.  Come on, be nice.

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 06:57 | 1404913 Oh regional Indian
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Huhhhhhhhhhhah! Indeed blunderdog. Floods in the M/M delta? Nevah. Not in a million years.


Sun, 06/26/2011 - 23:52 | 1404660 A_MacLaren
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Where's the picture of Alfred E Newman when you want one? What, me worry?



Sun, 06/26/2011 - 18:29 | 1403694 bob_dabolina
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Oh golly.

In far more important news:

Yum, yum, eat up: Test-tube beefburger made from mince grown from stem cells is on the way
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2008347/Eat-Test-tube-hamburger-mince-grown-stem-cells-way.html#ixzz1QQKnBpIf

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 18:30 | 1403715 slewie the pi-rat
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oh darn!

HPC Surface Analysis/Radar Loop

not quite over, yet, either.

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 18:41 | 1403732 bob_dabolina
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I have no idea what that is. It looked like a bunch of random lines moving around.

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 16:58 | 1403821 ZerOhead
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Big big big problem heading our way...


The Lie..

"The [Ft. Calhoun] plant is designed to withstand waters up to 1,014 feet above mean sea level, according to the OPPD."

However the plant was not actually "designed" for the 1014 ft flood level at all. Whether sufficient "improvements" to the original design have been implemented properly is anyone's guess. The plant was originally created to:

"The precise level -- 1,009.5 feet -- is written into the plant's operating licenses as a flooding 'design basis' threat that the plant must be guarded against." (NYT)

Here's the Omaha Public Power's solution to historic floodwaters lapping at their reactor:

"OPPD planned to extend the barrier to 1,014 feet by stacking sandbags on top of some steel floodgates that protected the auxiliary building, and to use more sandbags to safeguard the water intake structure and its essential cooling water pumps. "

"But a year ago, those new defenses were not in place, and the plant's hard barriers could have failed against a 1,010-foot flood ... at flooding levels above 1,008 feet, the plant "would experience a loss of offsite power and loss of intake structure" (NYT)


The OPPD remains out of jail and in control of the situation. Its spokesman Michael Jones explained:

"We presented our analysis to [NRC] which we felt indicated that the design basis [for the flooding threat] should remain 1,009 feet," rather than 1,014 feet, he said." (NYT)

The current river level is just below 1007 feet.

"At 1,008.5 feet, the technical support center used by emergency technicians would have been inundated... At 1,010 feet, water would begin to enter the auxiliary building, "shorting power and submerging pumps. The plant could then experience a station blackout with core damage estimated within 15 to 18 hours..." (NYT)


And the reactor is NOT in COLD SHUTDOWN. It is merely in SHUTDOWN and requires cooling from electrical pumps which... if the river continues to rise... will soon lose power.

Sandbags ladies and gentlemen... yes sandbags are the only thing that will stand in the way if the river rises TWO and a half more feet.

Have a nice day!

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 18:59 | 1403769 knukles
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So lemme see if I can get this right.
Methinks even those dumb as door-stopper can figure this out if they read the article and look at the linked map.... 

The article says that the place can handle waters as high as 1014 feet (Altho also says that the buildings are water tight, so fucking go figure that shit out, Mr. Wiggleroom.) as per...


"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."

And the NOAA forecast for the area is for waters to hit 1016 feet.
Well, by my own feeble unimaginative calculations, that says that the heretofore watertight buildings are going to be water soaked pretty damned shortly (as in circuits fried)...

Just the Titanic Syndrome.

And, of all the fucking coincidences in the world, FEMA had ordered a $bazillion (as in a whole $ shit load) emergency food rations of extremely unusual half life (food rats, not the shit that's gonna hit the fan, interesting tho, huh?)for storage/distribution in the areas surrounding the New Madrid fault (in the immediate neighborhood when measured in terms of radioactive nueleotides) citing just being on top of their game for something unanticipated but a great excuse for an exercise.

Now, I sure as poopin' in the pond don't want to start any conspiracy theories, stoke the rumor mills, get everybody going or even elicit a few hunkie-dorie comments here on ZH, but doesn't that all just seem a little too.... well.... coinci-fucking-dental?

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 19:00 | 1403793 LowProfile
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Ah...  Fuck.

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 19:12 | 1403820 Zero Govt
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You mean "fuking good" right? ...the nuclear industries prospects are looking fuking good, get in there Monday on the markets and "buy, buy, buy" those shares, it's a watery winner from Tokyo to America

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 20:04 | 1403932 LowProfile
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"Thunderstorms in vicinity " 

Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Some storms could be severe, with heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. Southeast wind between 7 and 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.  As of 8PM EST http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Fort+Calhoun&state=NE&...

So to answer your question that would be "no", as in "Ah, fuck that's totalfuckingly fucking fucked and on it's fucking way to fucking FUBAR".

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 20:42 | 1404055 Zero Govt
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that's a lot of fucks! ...i always thought you could only get fucked once, once you're fucked, you're fucked!

i suppose we should never underestimate Govt though, i mean how do you fuk-up everything from;

US property


Trains, transport and automobiles

Education and the students are fuked

US Banking

Farming & Forestry

Oil, coal and nuclear

the US Govt finances are fuked

..and how do you fuk-up the peace when your countries borders and its citizens have not been threatened in 80 years???

...these are BIG fuk-ups, US Govt fuk-ups that never seem to end

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 21:03 | 1404177 LowProfile
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...these are BIG fuk-ups, US Govt fuk-ups that never seem to end

...Ya think?

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 21:49 | 1404391 Rusty Shorts
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"On Sunday afternoon, workers accidentally deflated an auxiliary berm at the plant, said Omaha Public Power District spokesman Jeff Hanson."



Sun, 06/26/2011 - 22:23 | 1404476 Bananamerican
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"si se puede!"

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 23:57 | 1404662 MayIMommaDogFac...
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ZING!  lmao

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 00:17 | 1404681 Rusty Shorts
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Sun, 06/26/2011 - 21:33 | 1404358 cosmictrainwreck
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"we're from the government....and we're here to help you"

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 20:25 | 1404044 CrazyCooter
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Don't underestimate the impact to world food supply when an old nuclear plant goes tits up in the middle of America's bread basket. I would argue this is probably the most important global implication without exception should this disaster escilate.

Look up the wiki on Nebraska population. Do the same for surrounding states. Calc the average person-per-acre for a good "fall out range". If this facility goes tits up, it will directly kill very few, if any, but it will starve ... millions?



Sun, 06/26/2011 - 21:17 | 1404275 fuu
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Kansas City, St Louis, Memphis, and New Orleans are all down river.

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 21:25 | 1404323 Cathartes Aura
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It's mostly highly subsidised GMO-corn & soybeans, and the cattle they fed that shit too prior to hu-man consumption - but I take your point - it's not going to be pretty.

Third day in a row where we started with beautiful blue skies & within hours of watching the planes criss-crossing the sky, the usual whiteout that's been ongoing for months. . . west coast makes the rain clouds that get steered to the Mid-West for "record" tornado action, "unprecedented" rainfall, "record-breaking" flood levels. . . ahhh, the great hand of "weather modification" courtesy of those who run the show. . .

you don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.


Sun, 06/26/2011 - 21:39 | 1404368 goldfish1
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the great hand


those sub human rats and their offspring need to be dug outta their holes and given the extermination treatment

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 00:40 | 1404709 Let em push you...
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Funny, there has been an abrupt cessation of chemtrail in metro phoenix.

And don't say that it's because of the low humidity - when we recently went through a period of record low humidity for several days there were still plenty of chemmies.

Big mystery why there are so many fires lately in AZ? Not really.


Mon, 06/27/2011 - 08:09 | 1404986 SWRichmond
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And the NOAA forecast for the area is for waters to hit 1016 feet.


Sun, 06/26/2011 - 18:26 | 1403698 Arch Duke Ferdinand
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