No worker contamination in minor SRS radiation incident

Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012 12:03 PM
Last updated 9:16 PM
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A June incident thought to have contaminated a Savannah River Site worker with radiation turned out to involve a nonmeasurable dose.

According to a June 29 report from the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board – and made public this week – debris fell from a waste drum being moved in the site’s H Canyon area, causing a spike in airborne radiation that set off an air monitor.

Initial tests indicated one worker received a low inhalation dose, the report said.

Reviews of data from the workers involved determined no one received a measurable radiation dose, said Barbara Smoak, a spokeswoman for Savannah River Nuclear Solutions.

Worker exposure incidents are rare at the site, she said, with no reportable personnel contamination cases occurring for more than 10 million radiation worker-hours.

– Rob Pavey,

staff writer

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Willow Bailey
Willow Bailey 08/15/12 - 03:09 pm
The effects of this "low

The effects of this "low dose" can show up years from now, particularly with thyroid cancer which does not always remain contained in the thyroid.

nevertoolate 08/16/12 - 06:42 am
OK, I removed my remark

You can place the story back to its rightful place.

nocnoc 08/16/12 - 08:40 am

If any one is interested in seeing the EPA Rad counts for the SRS/SRP - Augusta area from June 1st to June 30th, 2012 go to:

Note: While the article does not indicate a a particular date, June 17th and 18th had much higher that normal BETA GROSS COUNT RATE.

They also have a link that allows drilling down to Barnwell, SC and other communities for particular isotopes.

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