2 reactors shut after fire, leak

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Both reactors at Arkansas Nuclear One near Russellville were shut down nearly 30 hours this weekend after unrelated problems involving a fire in a turbine building for Unit 1 and a steam leak in a turbine line that serves Unit 2.

Neither occurrence caused extensive damage – and none to the reactors, plant spokesman Phil Fisher said Monday. Plant workers were unharmed, and neither event threatened public safety, he said.

However, they marked the third such occurrence in three days at the plant and the fourth within a month for a facility that supplies about one-fourth of Arkansas’ electricity, according to the Energy Information Administration.



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