3 workers burned by steam in accident at nuclear fuel plant

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Three workers burned when steam escaped from a wash tank at a plant that assembles nuclear fuel rods are being treated at a burn center in Augusta, Georgia.

The State newspaper reports the workers were injured at the Columbia Westinghouse nuclear fuel production plant near Columbia early Friday.

A company spokeswoman told the newspaper there was no public or environmental risk and a spokeswoman for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission says the incident did not involve radiation.

The company said the release of the steam from the tank was caused by a mechanical problem.

The spokeswoman said the wash tanks are located in the final assembly area where fuel rods made of nuclear pellets are assembled. The rods are shipped to nuclear plants to power reactors.

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Information from: The State, http://www.thestate.com