Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Australian FOI: Leak exposed nuclear reactor staff to radiation

Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

"FIVE workers were exposed to radiation - one extensively - during a leak which forced the shutdown of the Lucas Heights nuclear reactor.The incident, caused by human error, occurred during routine maintenance at the plant which is run by the Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation (ANSTO). An internal report obtained under the Freedom of Information Act reveals that so-called "heavy water" - contaminated with radioactive isotope tritium - leaked through the protective overalls of one of the workers and on to his arm and torso."

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