Officials: Fire at Arkansas Nuclear One Poses No Danger

OCTOBER 30, 2006 - Posted at 3:34 p.m. CST

RUSSELLVILLE, AR - A small fire broke out at a nuclear power plant near Russellville this afternoon, but federal officials said it did not affect plant operations and posed no danger to the community.

The fire at Arkansas Nuclear One began at 1:04 p.m. in an auxillary extension building and was extinguished within ten minutes, according to Victor Drikes of the U.S. Nuclear Regualtory Commission.  He said the fire had no effect on the public health or safety.

Drikes said both plant and NRC officials are trying to determine the cause of the fire.

Arkansas Nuclear One is owned by Entergy Operations, a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation, based in New Orleans.

The nuclear plant produces about 56 percent of the power used by Entergy Arkansas' 650,000 customers in the state.

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