"It's not about meeting the minimum level anymore," Bousum said.
Workers say much of the change has come from greater attention to detail at the plant that wasn't always present before. For instance, when doors between areas of the plant are left open now, there is an investigation to determine how that happened and any employees involved get training on the proper way to close doors.
Or when a minor injury happens that simply requires a Band-Aid, a safety report is still filled out and the incident is analyzed.
OPPD imposed a 6.9 percent increase in electricity rates in January for customers across southeast Nebraska, largely to finance a $143 million bill to fix the problems at Fort Calhoun.
But that price tag doesn't account for some of the newly discovered problems at the plant, and the costs will continue to increase if Fort Calhoun's restart is delayed past summer because OPPD will be forced to buy electricity from other utilities to satisfy peak demand.
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