On the Radio: Nuclear power plant surrounded by flood waters


Flooding at Fort Calhoun Plant on June 29, 2011. Photo by Digital Globe Imagery, Flickr

Check out this week’s radio segment here.  It discusses the current flooding at the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant near Council Bluffs and potential safety issues all Americans should consider.  You can read the transcript below.

With the Fukushima tragedy still fresh on everyone’s mind it’s time for Americans to consider the safety of our own nuclear power plants.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

The Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant, located just west of Council Bluffs, has been surrounded by Missouri River floodwaters since mid-June.

To help block the flooding a giant water-filled tube known as an Aqua Dam was placed around the building. On June 26, the Aqua Dam was ruptured, increasing the water level by an additional two feet.

With increased flooding nuclear power plants need to ensure protective measures that guarantee safety. The Fort Calhoun example stands as evidence that further preparation for extreme flooding is needed.

For more information, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.

I’m Jerry Schnoor from the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.

Thank You.

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