NRC chief to tour Neb. nuke plant that lost berm

June 27, 2011 - 7:59 AM

BLAIR, Neb. (AP) — The head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will be seeing for himself whether Missouri River flooding poses any imminent danger at a nuclear power plant about 20 miles north of Omaha.

NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko is expected to fly over the Fort Calhoun power plant on Monday, then land for conversations with officials from the Omaha Public Power District, which owns the plant.

Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station has been shut down for refueling since April.

A berm holding back floodwater at the plant collapsed early Sunday.

NRC spokesman Victor Dricks said Monday that the OPPD is trying to erect an inflatable berm, and that "the situation is stable."

The river is not expected to rise higher than the level the plant was designed to handle.