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Sandbags added to levee that protects Nebraska nuke plant

Posted: 9:25 AM, Mar 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-15 10:25:59-04

BROWNVILLE, Neb. (AP) — A utility has issued a required safety notification as it continues to add sandbags to the levee that protects its nuclear power plant along the swollen Missouri River in southeast Nebraska.

The Nebraska Public Power District declared a "notification of unusual event" Friday at its Cooper Nuclear Station near Brownville, about 59 miles south of Omaha. The notification was required because the river level reached 42.5 feet.

The notification is the lowest and least serious of four emergency classifications established by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for nuclear power plants. The district says it means that conditions are not ordinary. The plant continues to generate power.