John Knicely NBC6
Fri, Jun 17, 2011 at 6:26 PM
Subject: Aerial Footage of Ft Calhoun Nuke Plant Flooding No Fly Zone Enforced
Aerial Footage of Ft Calhoun Nuke Plant Flooding No Fly Zone Enforced
Two Nebraska Nuclear Plants Partially Submerged by Missouri Floodwaters
June 17, 2011
Ignored by the Mainstream Media, two nuclear power facilities in Nebraska which were designated temporary restricted no fly zones by the FAA in early June due to 'hazards'. The FAA restrictions, 'effectively immediately', 'until further notice'. The Ft. Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant, currently sandbagged against the floodwaters of the Missouri River, and, the Cooper Nuclear Station, located on the Missouri River. According to the NRC, there's no need to panic. If so, then why the No Fly Zones due to 'hazards' issued by the FAA?
Video news report from local NBC 6 on the Ft. Calhoun Power Plant and the massive amount of farm land flooded by the Missouri River. According to a local farmer worried about the levees, 'We need the Corps-Army Corps of Engineers–to do more. The Corps needs to tell us what to do and where to go. This is not mother nature, this is manmade.'
Omaha, NE — Homes and businesses north of Ames, east of Florence Boulevard and east of South 16th Street are at risk for flooding if the north Omaha levee breaks. The Qwest Center, Gallup Campus, North Omaha Power Plant and all of Eppley Airfield would be affected. That's about 2,700 people the city would have to evacuate.
Even though officials are confident in the levees through Omaha, they still want people to know about the risk and be prepared for the worst case scenario. City leaders say the worst case would put a huge part of northeast Omaha in up to 10 feet of water. This is one of many reasons why officials monitor it so closely.
On June 6, 2011, the Federal Aviation Administration put into effect 'temporary flying restrictions'–until further notice–over the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant in Blaine, Nebraska.
On June 16, 2011, local ABC News NTV Nebraska reported Radioactive Releases Not Expected at Omaha Nuclear Power Plant:
Officials at the Omaha Public Power District say there have been no releases of radioactive material since flooding from the Missouri River caused them to declare a low-level emergency June 6 at the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant.
The emergency level, declared as "a notification of an unusual event," is the lowest possible of four standard emergency classifications set by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and, as of now, there has been no risk to the public.
Officials say they have sandbagged the area surrounding the plant to a level greater than what the projected water levels will reach, and that they do not expect any release of radioactivity.
On June 7, 2011, the FAA issued temporary flying restrictions until further notice above the Cooper Nuclear Station located on the Missouri River near Brownsville, NE.
On June 14, 2011, the report Cooper Nuke Plant Will Get More NRC Oversight:
NRC inspectors said some of the station's procedures for manually operating valves — which are part of system for releasing coolants under high pressure — wouldn't work in the event of a fire. The independent emergency cooling system is one means available to provide water to cool the reactor in case of an emergency.
"Fire protection programs are a critical component in plant safety and the NRC is paying special attention to ensure [Cooper] takes actions to fully correct this issue," according to Region IV Administrator Elmo E. Collins.
According to an informative post at the site The People's Voice, the Ft. Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant and the Cooper Nuclear station are 'partially submerged' by Missouri floodwaters.
On June 7, the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant filed an Alert with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission after a fire broke out in the switchgear room. During the event, "spent fuel pool cooling was lost" when two fuel pumps failed for about 90 minutes.
On June 9, Nebraska's other plant, Cooper Nuclear Power Station near Brownville, filed a Notice of Unusual Event (NOUE), advising it is unable to discharge sludge into the Missouri River due to flooding, and therefore "overtopped" its sludge pond.
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