Two fuel cycle workers in Illinois exposed to excess radiation

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.

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About Robert Singleton

By day, I work for a call center. In my spare time, I try to save my hometown (and planet) from a nearly constant onslaught of greedheads, lunatics and land developers. I live in a fictional town called Austin, Texas, where I go to way too many meetings.
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