Since then, the rumors flooding the Internet about the situation reached the level where the plant managers had to set the record straight.
The first rumor claimed that the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station near Omaha is at a Level 4 alert. Managers say that is false. They say there was an unusual event alert issued last week when the fire broke out. However, that is the least serious of any emergency classification.
The second rumor claims a no-fly zone was set up over the plant. This is true. The FAA set up the no-fly zone, but it was due the flooding and not because of radiation.
Managers say the plant has been in cold shut down mode since April for a planned refueling. Managers have decided to keep it that way until the river recedes.
For more, you can visit the station's rumor control page: http://www.oppd.com/AboutUs/22_007105.
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