Timeline of Fort Calhoun Station history

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Since it officially came online Sept. 1, 1973, Fort Calhoun Station has been a vital part of Omaha Public Power District’s generation fleet.

Over its history, the plant has seen great victories and inspiring responses to challenges, one of which was at the hands of Mother Nature.

The timeline below features highlights of Fort Calhoun Station’s history. In June 2016, the OPPD Board of Directors made the difficult decision to cease operations at the plant by the end of 2016 and to begin the decommissioning process at that time, a process that will take years.



Laura King-Homan

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Laura King-Homan is the managing editor of The Wire and a communications specialist at the Omaha Public Power District. She has nearly 20 years of print journalism and design experience, including the Omaha World-Herald.

4 thoughts on “Timeline of Fort Calhoun Station history”

  1. Enjoyed! Saddened by the decision to shut down our nuclear station as it will prove to be a costly mistake in the long haul. Again, thanks for the history.
    Arva Herman, Secretary at Jones Street Station 1953-55 & 1958-60.

  2. I will never forget those wonderful professionals I worked with over the years at the Fort. No finer folks on the planet in my book.
    I agree with Arva. The phase-out of the nuclear option at OPPD and in our country in general is tragic. We will give up even more of our precious planet to vast wind farms and solar panel arrays, but the rich & powerful will never allow even those in their backyards. Their “view” of the world is, of course, more important than ours.

  3. What a sad end to a project that held such promise when it was originally planned and constructed. And how economical it was in the beginning before the NRC entered the picture and became overbearing. Also the flooding caused by the Corp of Engineers and the destruction they caused throughout the Missouri river area without taking responsibility and paying for their errors. Very sad..

    1. Fort Calhoun was a great place to work, and I couldn’t have picked a better plant to go to when I came to Nebraska in 1985. I feel fortunate that the team we had was able to surmount so many challenges over the years, address the issues, and bring the plant back to service. And during it all, everyone pitched in to do their part to keep the plant safe, and do the right thing. More than once I called folks in the middle of the night, and I can’t think of one time when I got anything less than a “I’ll be there!” response. Thanks to all for the many good memories. Hate to see the station gone.

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