Nuclear incident plan includes Nebraska City

Grace Johnson

Nebraska City could play a major role in emergency response should an incident occur at Cooper Nuclear Station. Emergency Management Director Gregg Goebel said evacuees from within ten miles of the plant could be sent to Nebraska City.

He said the city is a possible evacuation site because it is located north of the plant and is within 50 miles.

Goebel said should an incident occur, the Middle School would be used as a decontamination site where individuals would be monitored and given medical attention if necessary.

He said the Emergency Management Agency would work with fire and rescue and law enforcement.

Otoe County commissioners approved the EMA preliminary Emergency Response Plan for Nuclear Power Plant incidents at the Dec. 26 meeting.

Goebel said the plan will now be reviewed by the Nebraska Emergency Management System and FEMA officials in Kansas for final approval.