Basic Facts:

  • Location: Brownville, Nebraska
  • Owner: Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD)
  • Operator: NPPD with support by Entergy Nuclear
  • Construction Cost: $1.5B (2018$)
  • Plant Output: 800 MW
  • Property Size: 1,200 acres
  • Status: Operational
  • Employees: 730
  • Expected Shut Down Date: 2034
  • Current DTF Balance: $610M (2018$)
  • DTF Balance Prior to Decommissioning: $940M (2018$)
  • Decommissioning Cost Estimate: $640M (2018$)
  • Spent Nuclear Fuel on Site: 510 metric tons
Cooper Photo


The Cooper nuclear power station consists of a single boiling water reactor. Construction began in 1968 with licensed operations commencing in 1974.

In 2010, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission granted Cooper a twenty-year license renewal, extending its licensed operational life to 2034.


The Cooper nuclear power plant is located within Nemaha County, Nebraska. As of 2016, socioeconomic information is as follows:

  • Population: 7,000
  • Per Capita Annual Income: $47,000
  • Unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted): 3.4%

The Cooper Nuclear Station employs 680 full-time workers with an annual payroll totaling $76 million (2017$), including benefits. The plant contributes approximately $66M in annual economic benefits to the five surrounding counties: Cass, Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe and Richardson.

Contact Information

Economic Development Administration Representative:

Economic Development District

University Center

Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Unless specific costing information has been provided, decommissioning costs were derived from 2017 Decommissioning Funding Status Report.
Information herein obtained from public sources. Corrections are welcome and may be directed to [email protected].

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