Even as the water levels have risen all around the plant, its operators claim there’s no problem. “This is not something out of the ordinary,” said Jeff Hanson, spokesman for the Omaha Public Power District.
That’s one of the sillier comments I’ve ever seen, since the flooding is at record levels. And the New York Times reports that “water levels at the Fort Calhoun Station rose 1,006 feet above sea level Monday,” and that the reactor “is protected against floods that reach 1,014 feet.”
“Not everything is fine,” says Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen’s energy program. “We’re inches away from a nuclear plant being flooded. It’s already an island. And we still have a very real possibility of flood levels rising.”