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One dead, three injured in Arkansas nuclear plant accident via NBCNews.com

An accident at an Arkansas nuclear power plant at 7:45 a.m. local time resulted in the death of one worker and left three injured, but did not cause radiation and it is not a public health risk, according to the Arkansas Department of Health.

“There was no nuclear release of any kind,” said Ed Barham, a spokesman for the Arkansas Health Department.

The accident took place in Russellville, a city with 28,000 residents, about 81 miles from Little Rock.

“There is no danger to the public,” said Entergy Operations, Inc, owner of the plant, Arkansas Nuclear One, in a statement.

KTHV, a Little Rock television station, reported that residents heard a large boom at the time of the incident.

According to Entergy, part of generator fell as it was being moved and the plant automatically shut down.

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The company delivers electricity to 2.8 million customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, has annual revenues of more than $10 billion and has approximately 15,000 employees.

Arkansas Nuclear One provides 30 percent of the state’s energy, according to the plant’s website.

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