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Utilities discuss flood risks at state nuke plants

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — For the second time this month, Nebraska's two biggest utilities will meet with regulators to discuss flooding hazards at their two nuclear power plants.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission already met with representatives of the Nebraska and Omaha Public Power Districts earlier this month about flood concerns. Now a follow-up meeting has been scheduled for May 22.

The utilities are re-evaluating flood risks at Cooper and Fort Calhoun nuclear power plants as part of the industry's response to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.

Both nuclear power plants in Nebraska sit on the banks of the Missouri River.

The utilities have asked for an extended deadline on their report about flood risks because they didn't receive key flood data from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers until earlier this year.

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