Fire crews were sent to Iowa’s only nuclear power plant Tuesday after the tires on a delivery truck exploded and started a fire. The truck was delivering hydrogen to the Duane Arnold Energy Center in Palo around 1:30 Tuesday afternoon.
Renee Nelson, spokeswoman for NextEra Energy Resources, which owns 70- percent of the plant, says the explosion and fire posed no threat to the plant. She says it’s important for people to know that it was not related to the nuclear part of the plant, and while it happened in an area adjacent to the facility, it “in no way affected the reactor and the safe condition of the power plant.”
The company issued a statement saying the fire brigade at the plant responded as did the Palo and Hiawatha fire departments. The driver of the truck, who is not an employee of Duane Arnold, was injured and was transported to a local hospital.
By Nadio Crow, KCRG TV, Cedar Rapids