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Neb. utility meets with NRC on troubled nuke plant

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File image of the Fort Calhoun nuclear plant near Blair, Nebraska during the Missouri River flood of 2011 File image of the Fort Calhoun nuclear plant near Blair, Nebraska during the Missouri River flood of 2011

The utility that owns Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant in Nebraska says it plans to strengthen protections against tornado debris and flooding before restarting the plant near Blair, Nebraska.

Omaha Public Power District officials met with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Monday to discuss changes being made at the plant that might require changes to its operating license.

Fort Calhoun has been shut down since April 2011. Initially, the plant went offline for routine maintenance, but flooding along the Missouri River and a series of safety violations forced it to stay closed.

The utility has been addressing problems at the plant and hopes to restart it this spring.

But regulators are still inspecting their work, and they won't allow the plant to restart unless they're confident it's safe.

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