Yellow Findings in Fatal AR Nuke Accident

Monday, July 7, 2014 @ 06:07 PM gHale

Arkansas Nuclear One is getting two yellow findings related to a fatal industrial accident at the facility that left a reactor reliant on power from backup generators for six days.

The results are somewhat less severe than the combination of a red and a yellow finding the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) initially proposed. The NRC reiterated its conclusion that Entergy failed to adequately supervise the design and load testing of a lifting device that collapsed while moving a 525-ton generator stator.

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The agency said it will notify the plant of any enhanced inspection requirements resulting from the findings but did not mention a fine.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued $175,000 in fines for several companies involved in the stator replacement.

An earlier NRC report recounted the stator fell onto the turbine building floor, rolled into a train bay 30 feet below and ruptured an eight-inch fire main. The accident killed a 24-year-old man, injured eight others, cut offsite power to unit 1 and cut one offsite power supply to unit 2, according to the report.

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