- Associated Press - Saturday, July 12, 2014

BROWNVILLE, Neb. (AP) - The Cooper nuclear plant in southeast Nebraska recently celebrated its 40th anniversary.

The Nebraska Public Power District, which owns the plant near Brownville, said Cooper plays an important role in supplying electricity to the state.

NPPD Chief Nuclear Officer Oscar Limpias praised Cooper as one of the safest boiling water nuclear plants in the country.

Cooper also provided electricity without contributing to greenhouse gas pollution, so NPPD can say that 40 percent of its power comes from carbon-free sources.

Cooper employs about 700 people and can generate 810 megawatts of electricity. It is licensed to continue operating at least through January 2034.

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