Flooded Nebraska nuclear plant raises broader disaster fears

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Nebraska’s flooded Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant is raising fears that other power plants in the United States are vulnerable to extreme weather events.

The Nebraska plant, located along the swollen Missouri River, is currently surrounded by about two feet of water. The facility, designed to withstand at least eight more feet of water, is reportedly dry inside, shut down and not thought to be in any immediate danger.

But activists say the situation highlights the precarious places many U.S. nuclear plants occupy. Nearly all of the nation’s nuclear power plants are located next to some body of water — many in tornado, earthquake or hurricane-prone parts of the country.

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