Fort Calhoun Nuclear Reactor Tripping Out

20 12 2014

problems and more problems …

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Fort Calhoun Nuclear ReactorFort Calhoun Nuclear Reactor Trip 17 Dec. 2014

The Fort Calhoun Nuclear Generating Station is a nuclear power plant located on 660 acres (2.7 km2) between Fort Calhoun, and Blair, Nebraska adjacent to the Missouri River… The power plant is owned by the Omaha Public Power District of Omaha, Nebraska and operated by Exelon Nuclear Partners. When operational, the plant accounts for 25 percent of OPPD’s net generation capabilities,[1] but was shut down from April 2011 to December 2013 because regulators had found several problems.[2] The plant was cleared to restart in December 2013.[3]

This plant has one Combustion Engineering pressurized water reactor generating 484 megawatts of electricity.[4] This is currently the smallest rated capacity among all operating commercial power reactors in North America, and as a single-unit plant, this also qualifies it as the smallest rated capacity nuclear power plant….

Fort Calhoun houses spent fuel rods in a 40-foot (12 m) deep spent fuel pool…

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20 12 2014

Fort Calhoun houses spent fuel rods in a 40-foot (12 m) deep spent fuel pool…

This statement surprises me! I asked a questions in 2011 and one was that by looking at pictures of the flooding that occurred that river water must have run through the stored fuel and caused damage as they would have been shocked by sudden temperature drop, faster then engineered to be cooled, this may cause damage to the river. The answer was scolding “There is no fuel under ground at the site”.
By that remark I am bewildered by this statement unless the tanks are suspended above ground, the pictures a have seen do not support that??? I have been puzzled from the beginning, so as far as you know is or was there fuel below ground level at this site in 2011? Forgive me if I seem over zealous but I could never figure out where the pools are above ground and pictures show what looks like ground metal doors. Thanks

21 12 2014

There was a lot of info in the old articles on it. Several posts on this blog about that flood. You can find them all here:

Recall they had a ban on flying over the site to keep the press away.

21 12 2014

There is pictures of the inner tube that held water back until it blew and let river water into the plant. Before the tube blew the plant workers claimed that if it failed it would be a disaster, after it happened they claimed there was no problem but never started up after that.

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