Fort Calhoun Station

Life cycle timeline consisting of 6 various stages of status (Pre-Licensing, Licensing, Construction, Operating, Operating with Intent to Decommission, Decommissioning) with the current status(s) shown in color, and the other available status are greyed out

Location: Ft. Calhoun, NE (19 miles N of Omaha, NE) in Region IV
Licensee: Omaha Public Power District
Operating License: Issued – 08/09/1973
Renewed Operating License: DPR-40, Issued – 11/04/2003
Docket Number: 05000285

Facility Type: Power Reactor, Pressurized Water Reactor
Licensed MWt: 1,500
Reactor Vendor: Combustion Engineering
Dry Cask Storage Vendor/Type: Transnuclear/32PT dry storage canisters inside NUHOMS® horizontal storage modules

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1.0 Site Identification

License Status: DECON
Permanantly Shutdown: 10/24/2016
Fuel Removed: 11/13/2016
Estimated Closure: 2026
Project Manager: Jack Parrott

2.0 Site Status Summary

Fort Calhoun Station (FCS) is a 1,500 Mwt, pressurized water reactor that began operation in 1973 and is owned by the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD).  The reactor was permanently shut down on October 24, 2016.  By letter dated November 13, 2016, OPPD certified that all fuel had been removed from the reactor.

OPPD submitted the FCS Post-Shutdown Decommissioning Activities Report (PSDAR) to the NRC on March 30, 2017.  In the PSDAR, OPPD stated its intention to move all of the spent nuclear fuel into dry cask storage and put the plant into SAFSTOR starting full decommission of the facility in 2060.  In December 2019 OPPD formally changed their decommissioning strategy for FCS from SAFSTOR to DECON with the submission of a revised PSDAR.  Fuel transfer to the ISFSI was completed in May 2020 and the site has transitioned to an ISFSI-only security plans, emergency plans, and technical specifications.  Active decommissioning has begun, and license termination is now expected to occur in 2026.  The revised PSDAR describes that the spent nuclear fuel that is stored onsite will remain until 2058 when it expected to be transferred the US Department of Energy and removed from the site.  Decommissioning of the ISFSI and restoration of the site is planned to be completed in 2059.

In June 2018 the licensee requested to release a non-impacted part of their site from their 10 CFR Part 50 license for unrestricted use. The request was approved in April 2019.

In August 2021, OPPD submitted their License Termination Plan. It is under NRC review.

3.0 Major Technical or Regulatory Issues


4.0 Estimated Date for Closure

Calendar year 2026

Page Last Reviewed/Updated Thursday, March 09, 2023