One worker was killed and three were injured after an accident at a nuclear power plant in Russellville yesterday morning. The workers were performing maintenance at Arkansas Nuclear One which is owned by Entergy Arkansas. “As we were moving a generator stator which is a very large component at Arkansas Nuclear One. That stator fell as it was being moved out of the turbine building,” says Terry Young, Entergy's Vice President for Nuclear Communications.
“This is an activity that was associated with a refueling outage that is currently underway on Unit One,”one of two generators at the facility. “This is not a typical activity. This stator is a very large piece of equipment and is being replaced,” he says.
Young says Entergy is deeply saddened by the loss of its employee. He says the accident poses no danger to the public and no radiation was released. Entergy, along State and Federal officials will be conducting an investigation as to the cause of the accident. The Arkansas Department of Health confirmed that the accident did not affect any reactors.
Both of the plants generators remain shut down, though no changes should be felt along the electricity grid, says Young.