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Five dead in Colorado power plant accident

Sad news out of Colorado, as the five trapped contractors are dead, reports Reuters:

Five workers died on Tuesday after they were trapped deep underground at a hydroelectric plant near Georgetown, Colorado, amid a chemical fire, power company Xcel Energy Inc said.

The five outside contractors were putting on an epoxy coating to an underground pipeline in preventive maintenance at the Cabin Creek Station when the fire broke out.

Tim Taylor, president of Public Service Co. of Colorado, an Xcel Energy company, announced the deaths and his condolences. "Certainly, we'll be working closely with the authorities to investigate what happened," he said in a statement.

After the fire, the workers climbed a safe distance from the blaze and were communicating with plant operators by radio, Xcel said. Spokesman Tom Henley said he did not know how long the men had been in contact after the fire broke out or how long they were waiting to be rescued.

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My thoughts and prayers for their families and friends.


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And no one died at THREE MI... (Below threshold)
Spurwing Plover:

And no one died at THREE MILE ISLAND

Just adding to the above co... (Below threshold)

Just adding to the above comment. I think the death toll for commercial nuclear remains at -0- in this country.

Needless to say, US reactors are much safer than Ted Kennedy's car.






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