More than 70 Fort Calhoun Station employees have found jobs elsewhere within OPPD, keeping skilled workers within the utility.
Blair native Jennifer Reyzlik, a chemist at Fort Calhoun Station, traded working homicides for handling test tubes at the plant.
Fort Calhoun Station’s spent nuclear fuel is stored in concrete structures built to withstand extreme weather, aircraft impact.
After Chernobyl disaster, Fort Calhoun Station became an international classroom for nuclear officials to learn best practices.
The land where the nuclear plant sat has an intriguing history that includes a bustling frontier town.
After successfully and safely defueling the OPPD nuclear plant, personnel now shift to the long-term decommissioning work.
Personnel removed the reactor vessel head and all nuclear fuel assemblies from the plant.
As OPPD’s Fort Calhoun Station completes defueling and enters decommissioning, careful handling of the fuel is required.
With the nuclear plant now permanently offline, personnel are preparing to defuel the reactor, move toward the decommissioning.
OPPD leaders in the mid-1960s saw the value nuclear energy would bring in coming decades.