Flood waters of the Missouri River are expected to keep rising for the next few weeks, as upriver dams are forced to release run-off from record rainfalls. A special alert was issued to us by the Lawrence Chapter of the Sustainable Action Network informing us of two nuclear power plants that have been flooded and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission have declared "No Fly Zones." Robert Knight and former nuclear plant operator, Arnie Gunderson, discuss from the program summary:
On June 6, 2011, the Fort Calhoun pressurized water nuclear reactor 20 miles north of Omaha, Nebraska entered emergency status due to imminent flooding from the Missouri River. A day later, there was an electrical fire requiring plant evacuation. Then, on June 8th, NRC event reports confirmed the fire resulted in the loss of cooling for the reactor's spent fuel pool. The discussion includes specific details of the technical failures at Fort Calhoun, the risks of coolant loss at overcrowded "spent" fuel pools, and the national hazards of nuclear facilities along the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, and other water sites during the current period of floods and climate change. Includes line-by-line analysis of official NRC "Event Reports."
This 40 minute segment of Mr. Knight's 5 O'Clock Shadow was broadcast at WBAI Radio Pacifica and is available at The A-Info Radio Project. We are grateful to both him and members of the Lawrence Sustainability Action Network for these news contributions. Thank you.
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