Floodwater knocks out power to US nuclear plant
Laaska News June 27,2011
Water from a flooded river has halted electricity supply to a nuclear power plant in the US state of Nebraska.
External electricity supply to the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant was cut on Sunday.
This comes after a beam built around the plant partially collapsed allowing floodwaters from the nearby Missouri River to surround the plant’s main electrical transformers.
Emergency generators were then activated.
The plant operator says there is no risk of radiation leaking outside the facility. It says the beam’s collapse did not affect the plant’s spent fuel cooling system, as the emergency generators functioned properly.
Since April, the plant has been suspended for refueling the reactor.
The collapse follows a fire in the plant’s electricity control room on June 7th. The plant lost power for more than one hour, causing the temperature in its spent fuel pool to rise slightly.
Local residents have expressed increased concerns over the plant’s safety.