Drought Causes Concerns For Wolf Creek Nuclear Power Plant

By: AP Posted By: Stephanie Schultz
By: AP Posted By: Stephanie Schultz

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The continuing drought is causing concern about operating the Wolf Creek Nuclear Power Plant.

Officials say the dwindling water levels of a reservoir used to cool the plant near Burlington do not pose any safety risk.

The Kansas water office projects the John Redmond Reservoir will be almost dry by November 1, if current weather patterns persist.

Wolf Creek plant uses water from Coffey County lake for cooling, but takes water from the Redmond Reservoir to keep levels from dropping too low.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports the water office says the reservoir was about 75 percent full on August 1, but, in a worst case scenario, could drop to only five percent capacity by November 1.

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