Last week, NaturalNews reported that rising Missouri River flood waters
prompted officials to declare a “Notification of Unusual Event” as the Fort
Calhoun Nuclear plant just outside of Omaha, Neb. (http://www.naturalnews.com/032672_n…). Since that time,
flood waters have continued to rise, the US Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) has declared a mysterious two-mile radius “no-fly” zone around the plant
for unknown reasons, and federal officials continue to claim in spite of all
this that plant is just fine.
According to reports, the plant has been in
shutdown mode since April for refueling, and is allegedly still dry inside,
despite being literally surrounding in every direction by massive flood waters. However, after
the notification of unusual event was announced, as well as
the cryptic FAA declaration that no aircraft is permitted to fly anywhere near
the plant, some are questioning what is really going on at the
What is apparent just from the official pictures released of the
plant is that it is currently an island, of sorts, sitting in the middle of an
ocean of water. Reports say
that flood barriers have been set up around the plant to protect it, but how
long can these barriers last in the presence of continually rising flood waters?
And despite being in shutdown mode, the plant’s spent fuel rods, electrical control
devices, and other crucial equipment are all threatened by a potential breach in
these barriers, which could potentially lead to a Fukushima-type situation right
in the heartland of the US.
If everything is really under control at the
plant, and officials expect it to stay dry and protected, why has the FAA
restricted aircraft from flying within a two-mile radius of it? When asked why
the FAA made this decision, Jeff Hanson, spokesman for the Omaha Public Power
District (OPPD), told reporters it was for “security reasons that we can’t
reveal.” This is hardly reassuring.
Further down the river, the Cooper
Nuclear Station near Brownsville, Neb., is also threatened by rising flood
waters. That plant is currently still in full operation, and the US Army Corps
of Engineers does not plan to shut it down unless and until the river reaches
902 feet in that area.