Sunday, March 31, 2013

One dead, 3 hurt in Arkansas nuclear plant accident | Reuters/NBC

One dead, three hurt in Arkansas nuclear plant accident | Reuters

Breaking: An industrial accident at an Arkansas nuclear power plant killed one worker and injured three others on Sunday, but there was no release of nuclear material, authorities and the operator said.

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One dead, three hurt in Arkansas nuclear plant accident


Sun Mar 31, 2013 2:11pm EDT

(Reuters) - An industrial accident at an Arkansas nuclear power plant killed one worker and injured three others on Sunday, but there was no release of nuclear material, authorities and the operator said.
A generator fell as it was being moved out of the turbine building at Entergy Corp's Arkansas Nuclear One plant in Russellville, Entergy said in a statement.
"There was no nuclear release of any kind," said Ed Barham, a spokesman for the Arkansas Health Department.
The injured workers were transported to a hospital, Entergy said.
The plant's Unit 1 was off line for refueling and Unit 2 automatically shut down and there is no danger to the public, it said.
The accident is classified as a unusual event, the lowest of four emergency classifications by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Entergy said.
(Reporting by Ian Simpson. Editing by Corrie MacLaggan.)


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U.S. nuclear plant suffers “significant industrial accident”‘ — 8 injured, 1 dead — No ‘immediate’ threat to the public

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KFSM (h/t Anonymous tips): One person died in a “significant industrial accident” accident at Arkansas Nuclear One on Sunday morning, Entergy said in a release. The accident happened at approximately 7:45 a.m. and THV 11 reported that Pope County rescue units responded. The Entergy news release said three people were injured in the accident, which happened when a generator stator fell as it was being moved out of the turbine building. [...] Entergy said the plant is in an unusual event classification, the lowest of four emergency conditions designated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Additional personnel have been brought in to help on site, the release said. [...]
The Courier: An Entergy spokesperson told The Courier the total number of Arkansas Nuclear One employees injured in the Sunday morning accident at the plant was eight, not three, as earlier reported. The spokesperson provided no other details about those injured, including their names or medical status. One worker died in the accident. [...] Arkansas Department of Health [...] stated there is no immediate threat to the public in the Pope, Johnson and yell counties area.

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One dead, three injured in Arkansas nuclear plant accident


An accident at an Arkansas nuclear power plant at 7:45 a.m. local time resulted in the death of one worker and left three injured, but did not cause radiation and it is not a public health risk, according to the Arkansas Department of Health.
"There was no nuclear release of any kind," said Ed Barham, a spokesman for the Arkansas Health Department.
The accident took place in Russellville, a city with 28,000 residents, about 81 miles from Little Rock.
“There is no danger to the public,” said Entergy Operations, Inc, owner of the plant, Arkansas Nuclear One, in a statement.
KTHV, a Little Rock television station, reported that residents heard a large boom at the time of the incident.
According to Entergy, part of generator fell as it was being moved and the plant automatically shut down.
The injured workers have been transported to a nearby hospital.
“Our greatest sympathy is with the family and friends of the employee who lost his life, and with those who sustained injuries,” said Jeff Forbes, executive vice president and chief nuclear officer.
The accident is classified as an "unusual event," the lowest of four emergency classifications by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Entergy said.
The company delivers electricity to 2.8 million customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, has annual revenues of more than $10 billion and has approximately 15,000 employees.
Arkansas Nuclear One provides 30 percent of the state’s energy, according to the plant’s website.

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