Entergy Says Arkansas Nuclear Plant Accident Killed One

Entergy Corp. said that one person was killed and three were injured at its Arkansas One nuclear plant as equipment was being moved today on the non-nuclear side of the facility.

Arkansas One is in an “unusual event classification” after the industrial accident, which is the lowest of four federal emergency classifications at nuclear plants, Terry Young, a spokesman at the headquarters of Entergy’s nuclear division in Jackson, Mississippi, said by telephone. “It was not related to the side of the plant the reactor was on.”

The accident occurred at about 7:45 a.m. local time after an old generator stator, or cylindrical shaft, was being removed from the turbine building during a planned refueling and maintenance outage at Unit 1, Young said.

The three injured people were transported to the local hospital and then transferred to a regional hospital in Russellville, Arkansas, Chris Meyer, section chief for Arkansas Department of Health’s nuclear response program, said in a telephone interview. There is no radiation associated with the accident, Meyer said. “Unfortunately, we have no additional information to share at this time regarding the individuals involved,” Young said.

The second 995-megawatt reactor at the site, about 65 miles (105 kilometers) northwest of Little Rock, shut down automatically after the incidents and both units are in stable condition, the company said in an emailed statement. Unit 1 can generate 843 megawatts.

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