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Monday
Jun272011

CNN reports on latest with flooding at Ft. Calhoun and Cooper

Making ominous comparisons to what the tsunami caused at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, CNN has reported on the collapse of the Aqua dam at Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant north of Omaha on the historically flooded Missouri River, when a worker punctured it, leading to loss of electric grid power and the need to fall back onto emergency diesel power. It has also reported on the situation at Cooper atomic reactor -- a Fukushima Daiichi twin, General Electric Boiling Water Reactor of the Mark 1 design -- including the need to shut the plant down if the water rises much more. (A couple errors in the report: Fort Calhoun is already shut down, and has been since April; and the collapsed Aqua dam has previously been reported as 1/3rd of a mile long, not 3/4ths of a mile long). Meanwhile, NRC has established an incident response center at Fort Calhoun, in the wake of the berm collapse and loss of offsite power. NRC Chairman Greg Jaczko is due to visit the site today; NRC has boosted its onsite presence at Ft. Calhoun, which it now staffs 24/7.