Louisiana Headlines

Leak Shuts Down Nuclear Plant

Monday November 29, 1999 5:19 AM ET

- (TAFT) -- Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials say there was no threat to the public but Entergy officials declared an "alert" after water used to cool the nuclear reactor at the Waterford 3 plant inadvertently diverted to a storage tank. The plant is just up the Mississippi River from New Orleans. Entergy officials say someone allegedly left open a valve that was supposed to be closed while shutting down the reactor to repair a steam leak. NRC officials admit if the radioactive water had spilled, there would have been "a serious problem." No one was injured.