Emergency Alert at US Nuclear Facility: Semi truck filled with uranium catches fire — Initial attempt to extinguish flames fails, blaze continued for over 30 minutes — Officials test for radioactive contamination — FEMA, Homeland Security, EPA notified (VIDEO)

Published: September 24th, 2015 at 8:58 pm ET
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US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Event Notification Report for Sep. 24, 2015 (emphasis added): HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL… URANIUM HEXAFLUORIDE PRODUCTION… METROPOLIS, IL… Emergency Class: ALERT… 10 CFR Section: 40.35(f) – EMERGENCY DECLAREDALERT DECLARED DUE A FIRE GREATER THAN 15 MINUTES OUTSIDE OF THE FACILITY — At 2019 CDT, the licensee declared an Alert due to a truck fire, outside of the protected area, that lasted greater than 15 minutes. The truck was awaiting entry to the plant to deliver materials when the truck driver noticed smoke emanating from the dash. He attempted to put out the fire using a handheld extinguisher but was unsuccessful so he left the vehicle and notified licensee employees. The licensee contacted the Massac County and Metropolis Fire Departments who responded to the site… The licensee is awaiting clearance from the fire department to enable them to take swipes of the trailer to verify no contamination exists. At 2055 CDT, once they determined the fire was out, the licensee downgraded the Alert to a plant emergency. The licensee notified local authorities and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency of the event. Notified DHS SWO, FEMA Ops Center, USDA Ops Center, HHS Ops Center, DOE Ops Center, DHS NICC Watch Officer and the EPA EOC…

NRC ‘Alert’ Classification: Events are in progress or have occurred which involve an actual or potential substantial degradation of the level of safety of the plant or a security event that involves probable life threatening risk to site personnel or damage to site equipment because of HOSTILE ACTION.

WKMS, Sep 21, 2015: Truck Delivering Uranium Catches Fire Outside of Honeywell Metropolis — Honeywell officials say a truck delivering uranium ore caught fire last night outside of their Metropolis facility. According to Honeywell’s Peter Dalpe, there are no reports that the fire breached the trailer, which was carrying the uranium… The plant initially declared an alert and notified the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  They later downgraded the alert to a plant emergency…

WPSD, Sep 20, 2015: Semi truck carrying uranium catches fire near Honeywell — A semi truck caught on fire at the Honeywell Plant… The truck was transporting uranium at the time.

KFVS, Sep 21, 2015: Semi carrying uranium catches fire in Massac Co. — Fire crews responded to a report of a semi on fire… in front of the Honeywell plant in Metropolis.

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Published: September 24th, 2015 at 8:58 pm ET
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