Small Fire Shuts Down Nuclear Plant, No Threat To Public

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FULTON, MO (KTVI) –  Just before midday Saturday, the Ameren Missouri Callaway Energy Center declared what they term an “Unusual Event” due to a small fire in the turbine building. The fire was extinguished. The center is currently out of service in accordance with safety procedures.

The turbine building is located in a non-nuclear part of the facility. The fire did not threaten the public or nearby communities. No one was injured.

Ameren Missouri and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) have started an investigation. An assessment is underway to determine when Callaway can return to service.

The term “Unusual Event” was established by the NRC to describe a relatively minor occurrence at a nuclear power plant. It is the least significant of four emergency classifications established by the NRC.

The Callaway Energy Center, which is located near Fulton, MO generates about 20 percent of the electricity supplied to Ameren Missouri customers. Other Ameren Missouri energy centers will make up the difference while it is offline.

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