Nebraska Nuclear Reactor Flooded

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Ketv noted in March:

Calhoun's nuclear power plant is one of three reactors across the
country that federal regulators said they are most concerned about.


year, federal regulators questioned the station's flood protection
protocol. NRC officials said they felt the Omaha Public Power District
should do more than sandbagging in the event of major flooding along the
Missouri river.

OPPD officials said they have already made amends and added new flood gates.

updated our flood protection strategy and have tested and re-tested
our new strategy. The issue is operationally resolved, and at no time
was there a threat to public safety or was public health at risk," OPPD
President and Chief Executive Officer Gary Gates said.

Those upgrades are being tested right now, as the area around the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant is being flooded.

the midwestern floods have made the power plant an island, and
sandbags, berms and other measures are being deployed to prevent a
Fukushima-like problem.

On June 9th, an electrical fire knocked out cooling of the spent fuel rods at the plant. On June 6th, the Federal Administration Aviation (FAA) issued a directive banning aircraft from entering the airspace within a two-mile radius of the plant.

last week, the plant has been under a "notification of unusual event"
classification, because of the rising Missouri River. That is the
lowest level of emergency alert.

The Omaha Public Power District - which runs the reactor - says that there have been no releases of radioactivity, everything is under control, and that:

The flight restrictions were set up by the FAA as a result of Missouri river flooding.

An OPPD spokesman updated Business Insider about the situation:

spokesman Jeff Hanson told Business Insider that the nuclear plant is
in a "stable situation." He said the Missouri River is currently at
1005.6" above sea level, and that no radioactive fuel had yet been
released or was expected to be released in the future.


about the FAA flight ban, Hanson it was due to high power lines and
"security reasons that we can't reveal." He said the flight ban remains
in effect.

Nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen
said that he doesn't expect a melt-down, as the diesel generators are
situated higher above the ground than at Fukushima, so - unless the
water rises further than expected - they should keep working:

However, Channel 6 news notes that OPPC is intentionally flooding the containment building to cool the rods:

The facility was taken offline to refuel earlier this year so the containment building has been flooded by OPPD in order to cool the fuel rods.


adds they have a number of backup systems in place to continue to pump
clean water through the spent fuel pool and into the reactor
containment building so he says there is nothing to fear.

And see this.

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bait_n_switch's picture

WTF? I thought it didn't go thru

ziggy59's picture

no evidence..isnt how that always is? there was no evdience in Japan at first, no evidence of a financial meltdown, either

ziggy59's picture

no evidence..isnt how that always is? there was no evdience in Japan at first, no evidence of a financial meltdown, either

rsnoble's picture

After the lies surrounding fukualla,I tend to believe the russian report.  Which really sucks for me because im only 200 miles from that plant near Omaha.  I didn't even know it was there, but I am aware there's another one 100 miles to my south.  Looks like ill be getting my tin foil hat out early today.  It's ok though, I have a dozen rolls of duct tape from the last big near disaster.

Ben Fleeced's picture

You goin' to the play offs? Nice new stadium.

TerraHertz's picture

OK so far we've had epic earthquakes, epic tsunami, epic blizzards, epic flooding...

When should we expect the epic metorite strike?

No seriously, it's about due I'd say.

Anyone want to take bets on how many nuke plants one big meteor strike can knock into total power loss and/or splatter across large areas?

This is why nuclear plants are a fatally bad idea. We're living it.

WaltzTangoFoxtrot's picture

In the interest of examining two sides of any story, (appologies to ZH fans who anly get news form ZH) I looked at the OPPD website.  If you care to look, please see the following link.

It seems that the rumor mill is set at overdrive.



Ben Fleeced's picture

Nebraskans tend to be forthright in their assesments.

Preperations were underway in May and fully disclosed to the population.

bank guy in Brussels's picture

For a darker view of the Nebraska nuclear plant event ...

From the officially Tyler-Durden-bashed 'conspiracy' author 'Sorcha Faal':

« US Orders News Blackout Over Crippled Nebraska Nuclear Plant

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. ... “events” occurring at the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant do, indeed, put it in the “Level 4” emergency category ... »

dust to dust's picture

 We have a record amount of snow in MT. There are floods here and this is down river. Wow! This melt off is not going to cease for 5 weeks. At least the fire season is shortened. Check out Going To The Sun Road In Glacier NP. It all drains down to the Missouri eventually and then continues to the Gulf.  

anonnn's picture

The original reccomendation* for commercial NucPwrPlants was to use Thorium, not Uranium, bec the Th fuel-cycle esentially stops itself when going out of control and produces only tiny amounts [compared to U] of Plutonium needed for weapons.

* The Navy designer of its [Rickover's] nuc reactor core for propulsion was Alvin Radkowski, who along with Alvin Weinberg had much experience on Thorium-fuelled reactors for commercial electric power production...and why this is very relevant to the cuurent situation.

 Google Radkowski and Weinberg, for example:

anonnn's picture

Typical sequence of "refuel outtage" at a PressWaterRx NucPwrPlant:

Reduce operating power level

Open elec circuit breaker to isolate elec generator output [the steam-turbine and the  generator it drives are both outside Containment]

Close steam valves to turbine-generator

Shut reactor operation [control rods full in]

Maintain cooling in RxPressVessel to reduce decay heat

Open containment personnel hatch to allow initial set-up for maintenance activities

As RPV decay heat reaches lower temperatures, flood RPV well* to put still- closed RPV under several meters of water

* the well is a deep pool surrounding just the RPV in Containment and  a totally-underwater path to fuel storage pool outside containment [dome]

Open EquipmentHatch in containment for entry of large equipment into Containment [The EH is usu. opened only when no fuel is exposed within Containment.]

As safe temperature is reached within the RPV, close EqH.

Unbolt/remove head of RPV.

Depending on plan, remove all or part [often abt 1/3] of fuel rods from RPV via underwater path to SpentFuelPool. Can takes 2 or 3 days.

Open/close EqH as needed.

When maintenance nears completion, return fuel, with abt 1/3 new bundles, from SFP area via underwater path.

Replace RPV head/bolts.

Complete other maintenance activities.

Remove all extraneous Eq and foreign matter/debris.  

Final tests/inspects.

Unflood RPV well.

Prep for start-up.

General elapsed time: abt 6-12 weeks from open-breaker to close-breaker. There are months of prep activites even before the outtage begins with opening-breaker.

Additional temporary personnel are needed, often from 500-1000, who must go thru security clearances and training.


Sudden Debt's picture


We'll sure miss Nebraska because in Nebraska they make such nice.... Nebraska things....

What is actually in Nebraska? Who lives there anymore?


Freddie's picture

Corn.   Actually - the midwest US grows much of the world's food.  Corn and wheat as far as the eye can see.  As Jim Rogers says - you better be a farmer in the coming global meltdown.

Hopefully Mugabe's cheerleader Buffett, lives close to the reactor.

CustomersMan's picture


    No-one wants to believe these incidents are deliberate or pre-meditated, even as they occur monthly.


    The bottom-line is the people in charge (at least for the moment) want to eliminate a large part of the population, because when we find out what they have really been up to, they fear our unvarnished reaction, which will most likely include their head's removal along with other unpleasent procedures.


    Nothing personal, they just see us all around the world as a threat, and most fear the great awakening which is under-way.

Laddie's picture

You see, the money changers and other self-proclaimed 'elite' of the planet believe they are going to survive the destruction. They have their bunkers and seed vaults all prepared. They have their laws and goon squads in place to keep the herd at bay while they make their escape. It all looks pretty grim as far as Justice goes.

geekgrrl's picture

As insane as it sounds, this does appear to be their modus operandi. Usually I find Hollywood movies, especially disaster movies, to be over the top, but 2012 was the rare exception. In the movie, they sold seats on their secret Arks (built by the Chinese) for 1 billion Euros. Seems perfectly believable to me. 

bakken's picture

I think we can all rest assured that if the NRC says  "No Problem"  we may be in a big mess when the Missouri crests at 5 feet higher at peak flood stage, as the Army Corps of Engineers estimates.  If we have to lose a metro area to a nuclear disaster..... folks in Omaha aren't really important compared to those in  LA or Chicago or NYC or Miami, right?   Spooky when the government or an entity like OPPD wants to prevent information leaks about a potential disaster.  Kingston NY, huge nuclear plant, 30 miles from NYC.....

Maybe the new theory is,   if population has to bite the dust, better they shouldn't see it coming!!!  Did Kropotkin have the right idea?

Is it time to mothball our fleet of badly managed, dangerous nuclear power plants?

Freddie's picture

Omaha?  Is this reactor hopefully in Buffett's backyard?

Laddie's picture

This is the worst disaster in history, Obama gave BILLIONS of our tax dollars to encourage MORE reactors for use in USA.

EVIL, they are EVIL, and without souls.

They are not warning the people.

That is why the elite, the Banksters and the rest of the enemies of humanity are relaxed, they will FLEE when the time is ripe. Like GWB putting tons of DU contaminated sand from Kuwait in Idaho.

.gov is the enemy of your survival.



Freddie's picture

Mugabe is General Electric's boy.  GE's reactor technology has always been dangerous sh*t.  GE does not have to pay taxes like the other leftist elites like U2.

geekgrrl's picture

Here we go again.

On a related topic, I came across this article today on Counterpunch published June 10: "Is the Dramatic Increase in Baby Deaths in the US a Result of Fukushima Fallout?"

From the article: "The recent CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report indicates that eight cities in the northwest U.S. (Boise ID, Seattle WA, Portland OR, plus the northern California cities of Santa Cruz, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose, and Berkeley) reported the following data on deaths among those younger than one year of age:

4 weeks ending March 19, 2011 - 37 deaths (avg. 9.25 per week)
10 weeks ending May 28, 2011  - 125 deaths (avg.12.50 per week)

This amounts to an increase of 35% (the total for the entire U.S. rose about 2.3%), and is statistically significant.   Of further significance is that those dates include the four weeks before and the ten weeks after the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant disaster.  In 2001 the infant mortality was 6.834 per 1000 live births, increasing to 6.845 in 2007. All years from 2002 to 2007 were higher than the 2001 rate."

The CDC report provides hard evidence that starkly contradicts all those folks who kept claiming this was nothing but a scratch, and that little to no harm would come of it. And we're just getting warmed up on the death toll. Nothing has improved at Fukushima, and I have every expectation of more nuclear "accidents," i.e. perfectly expectable conditions that turn a nuclear power plant into a gigantic dirty bomb.  Exactly who are the terrorists again?

Thanks GW for yet another important article.

TerraHertz's picture

And there's this-
Radiation in Japan: Nosebleed, Diarrhea, Lack of Energy in Children in Koriyama City, Fukushima

Tokyo Shinbun (paper edition only, 6/16/2011) reports that many children in Koriyama City in Fukushima Prefecture, 50 kilometers from Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, are suffering inexplicable nosebleed, diarrhea, and lack of energy since the nuke plant accident.

Quick translation of the article:

What's happening to children in Koriyama City in Fukushima right now? Nosebleed, diarrhea, lack of energy - "Effect of radiation unknown" says the doctor

Report by Ao Ideta, Tokyo Shinbun, June 16, 2011

On June 12, a non-profit organization called "The Bridge to Chernobyl" (?????????????) held a free clinic in Koriyama City in Fukushima Prefecture, 50 kilometers [west] from Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant.

Worried about the effect of radiation exposure, 50 families brought their children to see the doctor.

A 39-year-old mother of two told the doctor that her 6-year-old daughter had nosebleed everyday for 3 weeks in April. For 1 week, the daughter bled copiously from both nostrils. The mother said their doctor told her it was just a seasonal allergy from pollen. Her other child, 2-year-old son, had nosebleed from end of April to May.

The pediatrician from The Bridge to Chernobyl, Yurika Hashimoto, told the mother it was hard to determine whether the nosebleed was the result of radiation exposure, but they should have the blood test done for white blood cells. It was important to keep record, the doctor advised.

The family move out temporarily from Koriyama City to Saitama Prefecture after the March 11 earthquake, but came back to Koriyama at the end of March.

The mother said about 10% of pupils at the elementary school have left Koriyama. Each school in Koriyama decides whether to have the pupils drink local milk that the school provide, which tends to concentrate radioactive materials. In her daughter's school, it is up to the parents to decide. But the mother said she let the daughter drink milk with other children because the daughter didn't want to get excluded by other children for not drinking milk with them.

A 40-year-old father of a 4-month-old baby daughter was so worried that he never let the daughter go outside, even though she didn't exhibit any ill effect of radiation so far. He said, "I'm so worried. I don't know how to defend ourselves."

I [the reporter of the story] used the radiation monitoring device over the low bush near the place where this event was being held. It measured 2.33 microsieverts/hour. As I raised the device higher, the radiation level went down to 1 microsievert/hour. The highest air radiation measured in Koriyama City was 8.26 microsieverts/hour on March 15. Since middle of May, it has been about 1.3 microsievert/hour.

If you live one year in a place with 1.3 microsievert/hour radiation, the cumulative radiation will exceed 11 millisieverts. [And that's only the external exposure.]

A 40-year-old mother with a 6-year-old son was angry, and said "Doctors, researchers, they all say different things. I don't understand how the evacuation areas are determined. Take Iitate-mura, for example. They just let the villagers get exposed to high radiation for a month, and when the air radiation level got lower they told them to move out. We can't trust the national government, we can't trust Fukushima prefectural government." Her family just built a new house, and she was not sure how they could survive economically if they moved. If they moved, when would they be able to come back? What about cost of moving, or the psychological effect on her child? She just couldn't decide what to do.

Gully Foyle's picture


Another Counterpunch reader cool.

Another article for you

s Iodine-131 Killing Babies In Philly?

A researcher says the death rate among babies is up 48 percent since Iodine-131 was found in Philadelphia’s drinking water

Joseph Mangano is is the executive director of the Radiation And Public Health Project in New York, which is made of up scientists and health professionals.

there has been a recent spike, in infant deaths in Philadelphia, and Mangano says radioactive levels, in our water could be to blame.

After the explosion at the Fukushima power plant in Japan, radiation circled the globe, all the way to Pennsylvania.

About a month, after the disaster, radiation levels spiked, in our water, at three Philadelphia facilities.

Mangano said radiation combined with higher levels of iodine the EPAQ found in Philadelphia’s water two months ago may be killing young babies here.

We're reporting his research not to alarm or cause panic, but to inform. It's enough time to suggest, not conclude yet. The real benefit is it is a red flag for more studies to be done.

Mangano says we’ve gone from an average of 5 deaths per week to 7and a half deaths per week.

And what's even more thought provoking is Mangano believes radiation traveling from Japan is particularly pregnant women without them knowing it.

Mangano looked at infant death data from the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention.

It shows an average of five infant deaths a week in the five weeks leading up to the fallout in Japan.

Then, for the 10 weeks after Japan, there was an average of 7. 5.

During the same time period, the rate of infant deaths for the whole country jumped just 2.3 percent.

So why the huge disparity?

Mangano points to significant rainfall and iodine.

The EPA data showed the levels in drinking water in Philadelphia were the highest in the country and out of the seven highest readings, five were in Philadelphia.

Mangano also looked at numbers for the same time period dating back six years. They showed a decline in infant deaths until this year.

Also we should point out no autopsy information regarding these infant deaths and radiation was available.


Redneck Makin-tosh's picture

"Exactly who are the terrorists again?",

Good question.

The CDC weekly report records 19 deaths for the same 8 cities during week ending May 29 2010.  This compares unfavourbly to the selected weekly averages quoted even though there were not 5 meltdowns that year.

Maybe there are no terrorists,  just rumplestiltskin with numbers. ;-)

PulauHantu29's picture

"No one could have seen this coming," they told Congress.

mess nonster's picture

What to do? I thought briefly about getting a radiation detector. The Russians make the best ones on the market, from what I can tell. But then what? What if I find out I'm beig lied to, and the whole f**king place is lousy with radiation? There ain't nuthin' to do about it. Accept the things you cannot change, man...

silverisgold's picture

loch mess nonster...

Chances are relatively low that the "...the whole f**king place is lousy with radiation"

At least with a radiation monitor you could detect the radiation levels and move away from the higher levels to safer zones.

patb's picture

The hazards are two fold as i see it.


If the containment building is flooded, the secondary systems, pumps, controls, power, are going to be damaged, and

they will need to rig up hacks to keep water flowing in  when the river goes down.  The second problem is that as the

water is contaminated, the fuel pools get mud in them, which makes it much harder to keep cool later. 


They will need to flush a lot of clean water in and try and prevent the mud from caking.

Ben Fleeced's picture

Your conection to this plant is? Knowledge you looked up or you are trying NOT to scare people.

G. Marx's picture

George, I'm waiting for your defense of Naomi in your other essay.

BlackholeDivestment's picture

...this is you having fun, getting burned by the Sun

...sure ''they'' took that into account, what? think they would build Fukushima on the beach on a fault? That would be some evil prophetic cartography huh? knowing a space cycle 911 event that causes more intense quakes etc... and frequency change ...increasing, as a new world order age crisis management plan. It's nuclear bio chemical warfare on humans etc...  

silverisgold's picture

Actually, we were quite lucky with that particular massive coronal ejection. Had it been pointed our way, and considering that the earths protective geomagnetic field is only at about 10% of normal strength, we certainly dodged the proveriably bullett  -- this time. However according to NASA and other Astrophysicist, we have not yet even peaked in this current active solar cycle.

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Manthong's picture

Yeah, a nice big coronal mass ejection from our side of the sun would make for an even more interesting economic environment.

I wonder how much of a liquidity injection would be needed if say, 10% of the transformers on the national grid exploded like popcorn all at once?

Confused's picture

Thanks for sharing. I just wish you'd give me good news once in awhile. ;-P 

Eternal Student's picture

Ummm, that IS the good news.

Ditto on the "thanks"; and excellent job, GW.

3.7.77's picture

"Asked about the FAA flight ban, Hanson it was due to high power lines and "security reasons that we can't reveal." He said the flight ban remains in effect."

I guess they raised the power lines for the flood? lol

Possibly they don't want any pictures if the plant does flood.

SWRichmond's picture

It might have something to do with the sudden increase in idiot gawker small planes doing fly-bys to "see the power plant surrounded by water" and the risk of their frying themselves when they hit the power lines, which are still hot.

Time to sell SAMs to nuke sites, I guess.

Ben Fleeced's picture

This plant began shutdown June 1st.

Omaha World Harold.

I know it's jus a bunch a barefoot yokels, BUT, check your references before you panic.

No blood/no buy.


BlackholeDivestment's picture

Time to get Dutch to duct tape a rad reader on a home made drone and do some readings in the no fly zone, without permission.

SWRichmond's picture


However, Channel 6 news notes that OPPC is intentionally flooding the containment building to cool the rods:

The facility was taken offline to refuel earlier this year so the containment building has been flooded by OPPD in order to cool the fuel rods.

OMFG.  They're in the middle of a refueling outage and they've flooded...the refueling canal, which isinside containment (where else would it be?).  Which is part of every normal refueling.  How else would they move irradiated fuel from the vessel to the SPF?  Pull it straight up out of the vessel, exposing it to air, and everyone who's taking part in the evolution to Too Many Rads?

Holy fucking shit!  We're all gonna die!

Somebody send Arnie G an email and ask him if I'm right.  Jesus h fucking christ.


Edit:   Nebraska Nuclear Reactor Flooded

Classic yellow journalism.  The reactor IS flooded.   And, yes they flooded it on purpose to keep the fuel rods cool.  But, as part of a routine evolution called refueling, done every 18 months or so.  But the picture accompanying the headline shows the site, which is also flooded.  Is the site the reactor?  Does anyone besides me know the answer?  Does GW know himself, or does he even care?



Yes_Questions's picture

Barack fucking H. Obama we're FUK'd.

JW n FL's picture

really? the lobby whore wigger caused the flood or built the plant? it would be better how if some dumbass republican was in place?


you need to read and not talk until you have read and been tested and cleared to speak at the grown ups table, do you understand child?

Yes_Questions's picture

Its a joke.

Just like "Why do you think they call it Floriduh?"


Byronio's picture

Post on I did on another thread about the OHIO and MISSISSIPI leaks of radiation from their Nuke plants

Nuclear energy has been almost exclusively a Jewish development.

The Manhattan Project was largely Jewish e.g. Oppenheimer et al.

Leo Szilard, who was Jewish, and Enrico Fermi, who was of Jewish ancestry, patented the idea of a nuclear reactor.

The H-bomb was by Teller and Ulam.  Cohen developed the neutron bomb.

One of the Japanese reactors is a "FERMI"

"THANK GOD!", The day Russia got the A-bomb! (Jewish Voice, Sept. 30, 1949), Headline by the editor, Sammy Gach.