AR Nuke Online after Fatality

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 @ 03:05 PM gHale


Arkansas Nuclear One’s unit 2 reactor reentered service over the weekend after a cascade of incidents March 31 that involved the death of a worker.

Early in the evening on March 31, a generator stator fell from a lift device during service to unit 1 at the plant.

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The industrial accident killed contractor employee Wade Walters, 24, and injured eight others. Plant operator and owner, Entergy, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), said the accident also damaged a breaker cubicle, interrupted offsite power to unit 1 and tripped unit 2 from full power.

In a release, Entergy said multiple third-party experts evaluated the plant before it restarted. The company also said all of the eight injured workers have been treated and released from the hospital.

According to the NRC, unit 2 was operating at 29 percent power Tuesday. Unit 1 remains offline and was undergoing a refueling outage at the time of the accident.



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