Tuesday afternoon, seventeen contract employees at the Idaho National Laboratory were exposed to low levels of plutonium while working inside a decommissioned nuclear reactor.
The Deseret News reported:
The latest update issued by the emergency command center said that six of the 17 employees have tested positive for low levels of contamination. All employees are undergoing full body scans, which take a minimum of an hour to complete.
The incident happened at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Materials and Fuels Complex, which has about 800 employees.
The Deseret News provided the following details of the incident:
The employees, who all work for Battelle Energy Alliance, were inside the Zero Power Physics Reactor when a container was opened for scheduled work, resulting in the contamination. The low-power reactor was decommissioned in 1992 and workers occasionally enter the facility to inventory special nuclear materials or prepare them for transfer to other Department of Energy facilities, the command center said.
Here’s a link to the Deseret News article: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705393962/At-least-six-employees-contaminated-at-Idaho-nuclear-plant.html