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Fire at Nebraska nuke plant injures worker

By Stephen C. Webster
Friday, July 1, 2011 9:46 EDT
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A fire yesterday at an embattled Nebraska nuclear plant sent one worker to the hospital with severe burns, according to reports from local media.

The Omaha World-Herald reported that the incident occurred around 2 p.m. yesterday outside a security building on the grounds of the Ft. Calhoun nuclear plant, but that it was not near any of the reactors.

The worker was reportedly refueling a portable pump when it caught fire. He was airlifted to a nearby hospital with burns on his arms and face.

The pump he was refueling was to be used for removing water that seeps under the sandbag perimeter around the security building, which is currently helping hold out flood water from the Missouri river, which has crested well above the elevation of the plant.

Authorities continue to insist the situation at the Ft. Calhoun nuclear plant is safe, despite flood waters. It is not currently in operation.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
 
 
 
 
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