One person is dead and three others are injured after an accident described as “significant” occurred at Arkansas Nuclear One near Russellville. Entergy officials said there was no danger to the public and both nuclear plants are in a “stable shutdown condition.”

The industrial accident occurred at Arkansas Nuclear One at approximately 7:45 a.m. The injured employees were transported to a nearby hospital.  No names were disclosed.

The accident occurred when a generator stator fell as it was being moved out of the turbine building. The plant is in an unusual event classification, the lowest of four emergency classifications designated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Additional staff has been brought to the site to manage the situation.

“We are deeply saddened by what has happened today. Our greatest sympathy is with the family and friends of the employee who lost his life, and with those who sustained injuries. I also want to express my sorrow and support to all those who work at Arkansas Nuclear One. I know this is especially hard on them,” said Jeff Forbes, executive vice president and chief nuclear officer for Entergy.

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