Meetings set to discuss Cooper nuke plant

Federal authorities have scheduled two meetings with Nebraska Public Power District to discuss operations and a recent problem at the district's Cooper nuclear power plant in Brownville.

The first hearing is scheduled for Wednesday at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission office in Arlington, Texas. An NRC news release says the discussion will center on backup procedures to operate valves that are part of the emergency core cooling system.

The NRC was concerned that the procedures may not have worked in a fire. The second meeting is set for May 5 at the Brownville Concert Hall. The NRC describes it as an annual assessment of safety performance.

Officials say the meeting is not connected to the recent radiation exposure of three maintenance workers at the plant.