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Nebraska utility shuts down nuclear plant for repairs after coolant pump leaks water

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OMAHA, Nebraska — The Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant has been shut down for repairs roughly a month after a planned outage for maintenance and refueling.

The Omaha Public Power District shut down the nuclear plant Monday after a water leak was discovered in one of Fort Calhoun's four reactor coolant pumps.

The utility says the coolant water that leaked was contained inside the plant and treated, so the incident didn't represent a threat to public safety.

Fort Calhoun sits along the Missouri River near Blair about 20 miles north of Omaha.

OPPD says the length of this outage will be determined by the repairs needed. If needed, the utility will buy electricity from other sources to maintain service.

OPPD has more than 360,000 customers in 13 counties in southeast Nebraska.

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