Site Status Summary – spent fuel status & schedule
Fort Calhoun Station (FCS) is 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 and put the plant into
SAFSTOR starting full decommission of
the facility in 2060. In December 2019 OPPD formally changed their decommissioning
strategy for FCS from SAFSTOR to DECON with the submission of a revised PSDAR. Fuel
transfer to the ISFSI was completed in May 2020 and the site has transitioned to an ISFSI-only
security plans, emergency plans, and technical specifications. Active decommissioning has
begun, and license termination is now expected to occur in 2026. The revised PSDAR
describes that the spent nuclear fuel that is stored onsite will remain until 2058 when it
expected to be transferred the US Department of Energy and removed from the site.
Decommissioning of the ISFSI and restoration of the site is planned to be completed in 2059.
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.
Major Technical or Regulatory Issues
Estimated Date for Closure