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News Releases : Updated emergency response plan, a positive milestone in Fort Calhoun decommissioning progress, shared with OPPD board

During their committee meetings this week, the OPPD Board of Directors received a report on an updated emergency response plan for Fort Calhoun Station (FCS).

The plant ceased operations in October 2016 and safely moved all nuclear fuel bundles from the reactor to the plant’s spent-fuel pool. The fuel has now cooled to the point that the likelihood of radioactive material escaping into the environment beyond the plant’s site boundary is extremely low.

Because of this, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved OPPD’s request to reduce the scope of its Emergency Response Organization.

The district implemented updated procedures around emergency response, effective April 9. This week, OPPD technicians are deactivating the siren system that supports emergency response for FCS. Those 101 sirens will be physically removed over the course of the next year.

Notification letters have gone out to those living and working in proximity of the plant, to let them know about the changes.

The changes do not impact OPPD’s commitment to the safety of the public and our staff. Safety continues to be our top priority as FCS employees continue to work to safely decommission the plant, which can take up to 60 years.

Staff will remain onsite 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition, FCS will continue to maintain a group of technical experts that would be available to respond promptly if an emergency were to arise.

In other action from today’s board meeting, directors:

  • Approved the March 15, 2018, board meeting minutes, and the April 12, 2018, agenda.

  • Awarded a contract in the amount of $2.7 million to L.E. Myers Co., for construction services to upgrade and rebuild overhead distribution lines.

  • Authorized OPPD to negotiate and enter into a contract for the installation of the steam generator finishing superheater tubing/headers and furnace lower slope tubing at Nebraska City Station Unit 1. This work is needed to maintain the reliability of this generation unit. It is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2019.

  • Authorized OPPD to negotiate and enter into a contract with ASEA Brown Boveri (ABB) for the purchase of Human Machine Interface (HMI) hardware to upgrade Sarpy County Station Units 1-3 and Jones Street Station Units 1-2. This equipment is necessary for the continued use, reliability and availability of these peaking units. The district plans to engage ABB, the original equipment manufacturer, due to the company’s expertise for this highly technical work and ability to properly integrate the overall control system with their most current platform.

  • Accepted a proposed revision to Board Policy: Strategic Directive-15, related to enterprise risk-management.

  • Received the president’s monthly utility report. You can view that report after it is posted by visiting

Next month’s board committee meetings will start at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 15. The monthly board meeting will be Thursday, May 17, at 4 p.m. Both meetings will take place at OPPD’s Energy Plaza, 444 S. 16th St., Omaha. The meetings also are livestreamed at