A year has passed since the Fort Calhoun nuclear plant shut down for maintenance.
The outage will continue for at least several more months while the utility works to prove it has resolved several safety concerns. The power plant spent last summer surrounded by Missouri River floodwaters.
But the safety violations Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspectors have found at the Omaha Public Power District plant appear to be a bigger factor keeping Fort Calhoun shut down.
Nuclear power expert David Lochbaum, with the advocacy group Union of Concerned Scientists, says it appears that OPPD has hit bottom and turned things around at Fort Calhoun.
Now he says the utility is doing more and more of the right things as it improves the plant.