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Arkansas Nuclear Facility Offline Following Fire, Possible Explosion | Zero Hedge

Arkansas Nuclear Facility Offline Following Fire, Possible Explosion | Zero Hedge.

No tsunami or earthquake but Entergy’s Arkansas nuclear facility is offline…

  • *ENTERGY: ARKANSAS NUCLEAR ONE OFFLINE AFTER TRANSFORMER FIRE
  • *ENTERGY SAYS UNIT 2 OFFLINE, UNIT 1 REMAINS ONLINE

Reassuringly, Entergy explains there was “no damage to the actual nuclear reactor,” for now.

 

Via ArkansasOnline,

Authorities are responding to a fire that was reported Monday morning at an Entergy auxiliary transformer at Arkansas Nuclear One Unit Two in Russellville, company spokesman Mike Bowling said.

 

The blaze started about 7:50 a.m. after there was a “fault in the transformer that resulted in the fire,” Bowling said.

 

The facility’s Unit Two is offline, but Unit One is still online, Bowling said. No injuries have been reported, and the fire has been contained.

 

The auxiliary transformer is an electrical device that transfers energy and is not a nuclear portion of the plant, Bowling said.

 

The London Fire Department and Entergy’s onsite responders are working the scene.

 

Arkansas Department of Emergency Management spokesman Tommy Jackson said that the fire was not extinguished within the 15 minutes of detection.

 

“The auxiliary transformer exploded in Unit Two, and there was fire within the protected area,” he said.

 

Gov. Mike Beebe said after a speech Monday at the Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Directors’ Winter Conference in Little Rock that he had been briefed on the fire and that there was “no damage to the actual nuclear reactor.”

 

Burst oil pipeline in N. Dakota spewed crude, farmer says – World – CBC News

Burst oil pipeline in N. Dakota spewed crude, farmer says – World – CBC News. (FULL ARTICLE)

A North Dakota farmer who discovered an enormous oil spill while harvesting wheat says crude was bubbling up out of the ground when he found it.

Steve Jensen said he smelled the crude for days before the tires on his combines were coated in it. At the apparent break in the Tesoro Corp.’s underground pipeline, the oil was “spewing and bubbling six inches high,” he said Thursday.

What Jensen had found on Sept. 29 turned out it was one of the largest spills recorded in the state. At 20,600 barrels it was four times the size of a pipeline rupture in late March that forced the evacuation of more than 20 homes in Arkansas.

But it was 12 days after Jensen reported the spill before state officials told the public what had happened, raising questions about how North Dakota, which is in the midst of an oil boom, reports such incidents.

The spill happened in a remote area in the northwest corner of the state. The nearest home is a about a kilometre away, and Tesoro says no water sources were contaminated, no wildlife was hurt and no one was injured.

The release of oil has been stopped, state environment geologist Kris Roberts said Thursday. And the spill, which spread out over three hectares, has been contained….

 

Severe drought plagues northeast Brazil – Weather – Al Jazeera English

Severe drought plagues northeast Brazil – Weather – Al Jazeera English.

 

Arkansas Oil Spill Drives Families From New Homes – Bloomberg

Arkansas Oil Spill Drives Families From New Homes – Bloomberg.

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