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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Record Missouri River Stage at Brownville NE- Will Cooper Nuclear Plant Shutdown?

The Sunday afternoon river stage at Brownville Nebraska- between St. Joseph and Omaha- shows to be at a record high stage of 44.86-feet- down from a high of 44.93-feet earlier this afternoon but still more than half a foot above the previous record high crest of 44.3 feet set in July of 1993.

Just downstream of the Brownville river gauge is the Cooper nuclear power plant.

If you refer to the Cooper graphic- the plant is required to shutdown when the river reaches 45.4-feet- which is only slightly less than a half-foot above the current river reading at Brownsville.

With further dam releases upstream- and further heavy and possibly excessive rain in the basin during the next 12 to 36 hours- is Cooper shutting down to be on the safe side?

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