Event Report: Emergency sirens out at Nebraska nuke

The Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant reported to the NRC today that it has lost communications with 21 of its 101 emergency sirens. The siren problems mean that two Iowa counties would not be alerted if there were a problem at the Nebraska nuke.

Unfortunately, attempts to reactivate the faulty sirens will require a complete reboot of Forth Calhoun’s warning system, which will cause more outages. According to the Event Report: “During the reboot, sirens in Washington County, Nebraska, will also lose communications and therefore will not be functional.”

Fort Calhoun says that it will institute compensatory measures in the event of an emergency, although the report is a bit vague as to how this will be accomplished. I envision a town crier with a bell, shouting: “Run for your lives!”

It’s kind of a moot point, since the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant hasn’t been up and running on a regular basis since last April, when floods shut down the facility.


About Robert Singleton

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2 Responses to Event Report: Emergency sirens out at Nebraska nuke

  1. enoughalready45 says:

    Off Topic but for those intersted…
    Two Events in Chicago

    Fukushima Remembered


    What March 11 Means to Me: A Symposium in Honor of Norma Field:

    March 10-11, 2012
    Swift Hall 3rd Floor Lecture Hall
    1025 East 58th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
    9-6 Saturday; 10-2 Sunday
    The event is being held in honor of Norma Field, Robert S. Ingersoll Distinguished Service Professor in Japanese Studies, who will be retiring from the University of Chicago this year after a long and distinguished career as a scholar, teacher, and activist.

    The two-day symposium will feature five public intellectuals and activists from Japan, each speaking about the personal and social impact of last year’s earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster. Speakers will include Amamiya Karin, Komori Yoichi, Ryusawa Takeshi, Takahashi Tetsuya, and Yokoyu Sonoko, with remarks and translation by Brian Bergstrom, Heather Bowen-Struyk, Mika Endo, Adrienne Hurley, Justin Jesty, Miho Matsugu, Yuki Miyamoto, Sam Perry, Mamiko Suzuki, and Tomomi Yamaguchi. Please see below for more information about Professor Field and the participants in the symposium.

    The symposium is free and open to the public; no registration is required.


    The first anniversary of Japan’s second nuclear tragedy

    Sunday, March 11
    3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
    meet at the

    Henry Moore Sculpture to Atomic Energy:
    the Birthplace of the Atomic Age
    56th and Ellis
    on the Campus of the University of Chicago

    Speakers, Memorial ceremony, Readings and Public Statements

    For more information, contact the Nuclear Energy Information Service (NEIS) office Chicago, Illinois USA Phone: (773) 342-7650 Website: neis@neis.org

  2. Glad to hear this! If anyone else knows of Fukushima memorial events, let me know. I should have a post up soon on events in Texas. If you’re looking for events in your area, try the Actions link at the Nuclear Information and Resource Service at http://www.nirs.org/action.htm

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