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As many of you know, I have family in Nebraska The eastern part of the state is affected by a flooding Missouri River. Nebraska is also home to two nuclear power plants which are of the same basic design as those in Japan.

From The Omaha World Herald, an update on two nuclear power plants:

Both Fort Calhoun and Cooper Nuclear Plant, in Brownville, Neb., remain under “unusual event” declarations, the lowest of four levels of emergency notification.

Floodwaters surrounded several buildings at the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station early Sunday morning after a water-filled wall collapsed.

The plant, about 19 miles north of Omaha, remains safe, Omaha Public Power District officials said Sunday afternoon.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is monitoring the Missouri River at the plant, which has been shut down since early April for refueling.

ABC News is reporting that

Nevertheless, federal inspectors are on the scene, and the federal government is so concerned the head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is headed to the plant.

This is short and not so sweet post. I hope that our chances to learn from Japan were put to good use and that the reassurances are based on sound science. I can do wishful thinking all by myself. My intent is simply to inform and not to panic anyone. I don’t know enough to panic you so rest easy. I think this is a story we should all be following, wherever we live. I am relieved that “heck of a job” Brownie is not in charge and that Democrats, who place a premium on knowledge and experience, are in charge. I certainly hope the “we are on top of the situation” comments are legitimate. Also, Nebraska is in the midwestern tornado alley.

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