Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station

The Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station began commercial production of electricity on Sept. 23, 1973. The cost of the land and plant totaled $178.3 million. It ceased operations Oct. 24, 2016. 

The Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) notified 33 Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station (FCS) employees Tuesday that they will be laid off in the second round of staffing reductions since Nov. 1 due to decommissioning of the plant.

The layoffs are effective April 30. OPPD let go 52 workers from the plant Nov. 1. As of March 1, the workforce at FCS totals 480. One Exelon Generation employee is working at FCS through March 31. OPPD's contract with Exelon expires June 14.

OPPD also announced that 12 additional workers are expected to sign key employee performance plan (KEPP) agreements. The latest agreements total $652,500, which would bring OPPD's total payments to $11.41 million if all 153 agreements are executed.

Thirty-three KEPP agreements have been forfeited so far because the employees either resigned, were terminated or transferred to other positions within OPPD. Those employees, which include various positions, including chemists, analysts, technicians and supervisors, will receive three incentive plan payments through the duration of their remaining employment at the plant.

Each payment ranges from $21,250 to $42,500. The last payments are scheduled to be paid to the 12 employees in February, April, May and June 2018.


Staffing reductions at Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station

Plant workforce

  • Total OPPD employees working at plant as of March 1: 480
  • Total Exelon employees working at plant as of March 1: 1

Key employee performance plan (KEPP) agreements

  • Total agreements signed so far: 141
  • Total OPPD has committed for KEPP payments so far: $10.76M*
  • New KEPP agreements (not yet signed): 12
  • Total KEPP payments if all signed and executed: $11.41M
  • Forfeited KEPP agreements so far: 33

Layoffs

  • Total employees laid off so far: 85

* Excludes amounts from forfeited agreements


"This is a difficult process for everyone involved," OPPD said in a statement released to the Enterprise. "At OPPD, we care about each other, and are committed to treating our employees with the dignity and respect they’ve earned.

‘‘They will receive enhanced severance packages and OPPD is offering robust career transition services.”

OPPD noted that plans for future staffing reductions remain fluid, but the next round of layoffs will likely occur in 2018.

FCS ceased operations Oct. 24.