Omaha, NE.—Despite flood waters cutting off the main road in and out of town, officials with the Cooper Nuclear power plant in Brownville tell us the the plant continues to operate at “100 percent” as of 5 p.m. Saturday.
At the same time Cooper remains under a so-called “Notice of Unusual Event” which was issued Friday. The NUE is a four-level safety ladder and Cooper is on the lowest and safest rung, according to the Nebraska Public Power District.
While the main road, Highway 136, just north of the plant is shut down in both directions due to flooding on the Missouri River, NPPD says water levels on the river have been “trending down” and have had no impact on the plant’s operation and “no indication of leakage at the facility.”
The plant is located south of Highway 136 on the Nebraska side of the Missouri River.
Here is NPPD’s statement in full:
Nebraska Public Power District continues to produce power at Cooper Nuclear Station. The plant continues to operate at 100 percent as of 5 p.m. The plant continues to be in a Notice of Unusual Event.
Water levels on the Missouri River have been trending down at CNS since mid-day and stand at 901 feet mean sea level at the plant.
CNS staff has been in contact with the Army Corps of Engineers concerning river levels.
Water levels in the river have had no impact on operations and there is no indication of leakage at the facility
CNS will continue to monitor the river levels.
NPPD continues to be in contact with local, state and federal agencies including the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission regarding conditions at the plant.