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Nuclear Event – Fire, Uranium Mine and Processing Facility: Kingsville Dome, Texas

2017/02/01

Nuclear Event in USA on Sunday, 22 January, 2017 at 10:41 [CST].

 Kingsville Dome ISL uranium mine and processing plant - Kleberg County, Texas

Kingsville Dome ISL uranium mine and processing plant – Kleberg County, Texas. Image: http://www.powertechexposed.com/KVD.jpg

North America – USA | State of Texas, Kleberg County, 35 miles southwest of Corpus Christi
Kingsville Dome uranium mine and processing facility
Event:  NON EMERGENCY – FIRE AT A URANIUM RECOVERY FACILITY

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT – FIRE AT A URANIUM RECOVERY FACILITY

The following report was received from the State of Texas via email:

“On Sunday, January 22, 2017, at 1041 [CST], [the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality] CID [Critical Infrastructure Division] received a call from URI’s Radiation Safety Officer [RSO], for the Kingsville Dome facility, that a fire occurred on the west side of well field 17 in Production Area 3, on Sunday morning, January 22, 2017. [The RSO] stated the cause of the fire appeared to be a cigarette butt. A URI operator working at the site noticed the fire. When the operator arrived at the fire location, he noticed that the fire department (FD) was already putting out the fire. At the time of the call, according to [the RSO], the fire was under control and the FD was making sure to put out the hot spots. At the time of the fire, the well field was on a shutdown status and there were no other activities at the well field. The preliminary findings were damage to some of the well field fences and wells in the well field.”

The extent of damage is still being evaluated and there are no reports of contamination or exposures, outside of the facility, at this time.

The URI, Inc., Kingsville Dome is an In-Situ Uranium Recovery facility in Texas.

Texas Report Number: None assigned at this time.

Source: NRC  Event Number: 52506


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