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Small Fire Shuts Down Callaway Nuclear Plant

(courtesy Ameren)

Ameren-Missouri officials say a small fire in a turbine building last night has prompted them to temporarily shut down the nuclear power plant near Fulton, Mo.

The fire was put out quickly, no injuries have been reported and at no time did the situation threaten the public or nearby communities, according to a statement released by Ameren-Missouri.

According to an Ameren-Missouri release:

There was no release of radioactivity to the environment above normal operating limits. All appropriate federal, state and local agencies have been notified. 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 plant typically generates about 20 percent of the electricity supplied to Ameren Missouri’s 1.2 million customers. While the plant is shut down, Ameren says production will come from other power centers in the state. 

Tim Lloyd was a founding host of We Live Here from 2015 to 2018 and was the Senior Producer of On Demand and Content Partnerships until Spring of 2020.