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March 8, 2017BROWNVILLE, Neb. |  By: AP

Federal regulators to inspect Cooper nuclear plant next week

Federal regulators will inspect Cooper nuclear power plant next week to determine why a key heat-removal system and its backup were both offline at the same time last month.
 
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it will conduct a special inspection at the plant owned by the Nebraska Public Power District to determine what led to the error. Regulators say on Feb. 5 workers discovered a problem with a system that would help remove heat from the plant during an accident. That system may have been offline for months. During the time the system was disabled, workers did maintenance work on a back-up heat-removal system which was also offline for about 72 hours.

Cooper sits along the Missouri River in southeast Nebraska near Brownville.