Under intense criticism OPPD’s man in charge of the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant said today that the utility has no timetable for restarting the plant and admitted “we lost our edge” when it comes to running the reactor.
Gates’ comments followed a series of scathing remarks from several of the NRC’s top officials during a meeting at the commission’s headquarters outside Washington.
NRC officials insist that Fort Calhoun, which has been shut down for nearly 10 months—much of that due to the Flood of 2011—is safe.
For the first time though the NRC said because of other “significant challenges” at the plant, including a fire in June of last year, Fort Calhoun would have been shutdown even without the flood.
NRC Commissioner William Magwood said issues at Fort Calhoun “sound like a safety culture problem to me.” Elmo Collins, NRC’s Region IV Administrator, who oversees the Omaha reactor, said he’s wondered “what’s going on in that organization (OPPD).”
“We are clearly not satisfied with our performance,” said Gates. “We understand the seriousness of these issues.”
Reported by Joe Jordan, firstname.lastname@example.org
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