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11:05 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Nuclear Unit Back Online After March Accident

Arkansas Nuclear One
Arkansas Nuclear One

Arkansas Nuclear One says it's returned to service one of its nuclear units that's been offline since an accident in March that killed a worker.

Entergy says Unit 1 needed "extensive restoration efforts" after the accident that killed worker Wade Walters.

He died when a crane failed, causing a piece of heavy equipment to fall on him. The accident happened in a non-nuclear area of the plant.

The company says Unit 1 was reconnected to the grid late Wednesday night.

Entergy owns and operates power plants with about 30,000 megawatts of electric-generating capacity, including more than 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power.

The company provides electricity to 2.8 million customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.