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1 dead, 3 injured in Arkansas nuclear site accident

Published on Apr 1, 2013 6:11 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A worker was killed and three others were injured on Sunday during an industrial accident at a US nuclear power plant that did not release any nuclear material, officials and operators said.

Part of a generator fell as it was being moved out of the turbine building at Entergy Operations Inc's Arkansas Nuclear One in Russellville, the company said in a statement.

"There is no danger to the public," it added. The Arkansas Department of Health stressed that the accident, which occurred around 7.45am (8.45pm Singapore time), took place in a "non-radiation area, and there has been no risk to public health and safety identified."

The injured workers were taken to hospital, according to Entergy. Unit 1 of the plant is offline for refueling and Unit 2 was automatically shut down after the accident.

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