Russellville, Ark. – A significant industrial accident occurred at Arkansas
Nuclear One at approximately 7:45 a.m. There has been one confirmed fatality and
three additional injuries. The injured employees have been transported to
a nearby hospital. The accident occurred when a generator stator fell as it was
being moved out of the turbine building. Unit 1 is in a refueling outage
and Unit 2, which was operating at full power, automatically shut down.
Both plants are in a stable shutdown condition and there is no danger to the
public. 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.
Jeff Forbes, executive vice president and chief nuclear officer said, “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.”
Area residents are requested not to call the plant. Local radio stations are
the best source of up‑to‑date information and are being provided with the latest
information by plant, federal, state and local officials.
Entergy Corporation, which celebrates its 100th birthday this year, is an
integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and
retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with
approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including more
than 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one of the nation's leading
nuclear generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility
customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual
revenues of more than $10 billion and approximately 15,000 employees.
Entergy Operations, Inc.'s online address is