Fort Calhoun

Basic Facts:

  • Location: Fort Calhoun, Nebraska
  • Owner: Omaha Public Power District (OPPD)
  • Total Construction Cost: $920M (2018$)
  • Total Plant Output: 480 MW
  • Property Size: 660 acres
  • Status: DECON
  • Decommissioning Trust Fund Balance: $300M (2018$)*
  • Decommissioning Cost: $980M (2018$)
  • Spent Nuclear Fuel on Site: 495 metric tons

* Through 2022, OPPD plans to contribute approximately $600M to the Decommissioning Trust Fund.

Fort Calhoun Photo


Fort Calhoun was a 480 MW pressurized water reactor located on the shores of the Missouri River. Construction began in 1968 and the facility received its initial operating license in 1973. In 2002, the NRC received an application for operating license renewal with this renewal being granted in 2003 extending the plant’s operating license through to 2033. In June of 2016, plant owners announced the closure of Fort Calhoun citing economic considerations. The plant was permanently shut down in October of 2016.


Fort Calhoun is presently in DECON status with completion of decommissioning expected by 2026.


Fort Calhoun is located in Washington County, Nebraska. As of 2016:

  • Population: 21,000
  • Per Capita Annual Income: $50,000
  • Unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted): 3.1%

The Omaha Public Power District, which owns Fort Calhoun, contributed nearly $33M (2017$) in-lieu- of-tax payments to 11 southeast Nebraska counties, including $646,012 to Washington County, which hosts the nuclear facility.

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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