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Fort Calhoun Station

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Location: Ft. Calhoun, NE (19 miles N of Omaha, NE) in Region IV
Licensee: Omaha Public Power District
Operating License: Issued – 08/09/1973
Renewed Operating License: DPR-40, Issued – 11/04/2003
Docket Number: 05000285

Facility Type: Power Reactor, Pressurized Water Reactor
Licensed MWt: 1,500
Reactor Vendor: Combustion Engineering
Dry Cask Storage Vendor/Type: Transnuclear/32PT dry storage canisters inside NUHOMS® horizontal storage modules

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Site Identification

License Status: SAFSTOR
Permanantly Shutdown: 10/24/2016
Fuel Removed: 11/13/2016
Estimated Closure: 2065
Project Manager: Jack Parrott

Site Status Summary – spent fuel status & schedule

Fort Calhoun Station (FCS) was a 1,500 Mwt, pressurized water reactor that began operation in 1973 and is owned by the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD).  The reactor was permanently shut down on October 24, 2016.  By letter dated November 13, 2016, OPPD certified that all fuel had been removed from the reactor.

OPPD submitted the FCS Post-Shutdown Decommissioning Activities Report (PSDAR) to the NRC on March 30, 2017.  In the PSDAR, OPPD stated its intention to move all of the spent nuclear fuel into dry cask storage by the end of 2022 and put the plant into SAFSTOR until it is ready to fully decommission the facility starting in 2060.  License termination is scheduled to take place by 2065.

Major regulatory activity to adapt the operating plant license to the needs of the post-shutdown functions of the facility has been completed. The activity focused on adapting the application of the regulations to post-shutdown requirements related to security, emergency planning, finance and insurance. As the licensee moves to place all spent fuel remaining in the spent fuel pool into onsite dry storage, licensing activities will begin for adapting the regulations to the dry storage only condition. In June 2018 the licensee requested to release a non-impacted part of their site from their 10 CFR Part 50 license for unrestricted use. The request was approved in April 2019.

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Page Last Reviewed/Updated Tuesday, November 19, 2019