Honeywell International, Inc., reported to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that two workers in its fuel fabrication facility in Metropolis, Illinois were treated for contamination in two separate incidents Monday and Tuesday. Both workers were exposed to uranium concentrate in excess of normal worker exposure limits.
The worker exposed Monday also had traces of hydrofluoric acid on his shoes and coverall. The worker in the Tuesday incident had traces of potassium hydroxide on his shoes.
The nuclear industry likes to pretend that the only accidents and contamination that count are those that are directly the result of commercial production of nuclear power. These worker exposure accidents are a reminder that we have to consider every phase of the fuel cycle, including mining, transportion, fuel production and waste storage, when we assess the dangers of nuclear power.
You can read NRC Event Reports at www.nrc.gov.