Truck explodes, burns at Iowa nuclear plant

A truck delivering hydrogen to the Duane Arnold nuclear plant in Iowa exploded and burned this afternoon.

The explosion occurred onsite near the station’s pump house was outside the “protected area” but on station property.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said that it is monitoring the situation. There are two resident NRC inspectors at Duane Arnold.

The driver was taken to a local hospital with what were described as minor injuries.

Hydrogen is used to prevent corrosion in pipes in nuclear reactors.

Here’s a link to the NRC Press Release on the PennEnergy website:http://www.pennenergy.com/index/power/display/6867492498/articles/pennenergy/power/nuclear/2011/may/fire-at_duane_arnold.html

More when it becomes available.

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About Robert Singleton

By day, I work for a call center. In my spare time, I try to save my hometown (and planet) from a nearly constant onslaught of greedheads, lunatics and land developers. I live in a fictional town called Austin, Texas, where I go to way too many meetings.
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