Category Archives: Worker exposure

WIPP update: DOE report into underground fire finds safety flaws at Waste Isolation Pilot Plant

The Albuquerque Journal reported yesterday morning: Federal investigators have uncovered a series of shortcomings in safety training, emergency response and oversight at the troubled southeastern New Mexico nuclear waste dump where a truck caught fire and 17 workers were recently … Continue reading

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Peruvian radiographer loses part of finger following radiation exposure incident in France; two other workers exposed

The World Nuclear News just reported: A Peruvian radiographer has lost part of a finger after working with an unshielded iridium-192 source. The event is classified a ‘serious incident’ at Level 3 on the International Nuclear Event Scale (INES). Details … Continue reading

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Federal panel recommends expanding coverage for Washington state nuclear workers exposed to radiation

The Washington state newspaper Tri-City Herald reported yesterday: A compensation program for ill nuclear workers won key approval Tuesday to ease rules for $150,000 payments to additional Hanford workers or their survivors. A federal advisory board meeting in Santa Fe, … Continue reading

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Canadian nuke reports coolant leak, worker exposure to radiation

Hydro Quebec reported that Unit 2 at the Gentilly nuclear power plant leaked heavy water coolant into the facility’s reactor building last week. Two workers were exposed to low levels of radiation in the incident. Details are still thin about … Continue reading

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Update: Additional details about accident in which worker fell into reactor pool at San Onofre

  The North County Times also ran a piece today on the worker who tumbled into the reactor pool while attempting to retrieve a flashlight. The Times article ran a paragraph that minimized the danger to the employee: Workers already … Continue reading

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Worker falls into reactor pool at California nuke

According to an Associated Press story picked up by a San Diego TV station: Authorities say a worker fell into a reactor pool at the San Onofre nuclear power plant in San Diego County last week but he didn’t receive … Continue reading

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NRC issues instructions to New York nuke to address safety violations

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced measures today that the FitzPatrick nuclear power plant in New York must take in order to address problems in the plant’s Radiation Protection Program. The action was taken as a result of violations noted in … Continue reading

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Tennessee nuclear fuel worker contaminated; Hole in gloves discovered

A worker at a Nuclear Fuel Services, Inc., plant in Erwin, Tennessee, was treated yesterday for exposure to hydrogen fluoride. He received the dose because of a pinhole in the box gloves he was using. The onsite treatment facility rinsed … Continue reading

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Absolutely no progress is being made at Fukushima, says Japanese reporter‏

With much fanfare, the Japanese government and TEPCO announced that the Fukushima reactors were now at cold shutdown, and no signicant safety concerns remain. However, the Mainichi Daily News reported today: Conditions at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant are … Continue reading

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Louisiana nuke workers were exposed to radiation in 2009

The Claims Journal reported this morning: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says workers were exposed to a low level of radiation during maintenance work in 2009 at the Entergy Corp.’s Waterford 3 nuclear power plant in Louisiana. The Times-Picayune reports that … Continue reading

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