Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Minor accident at the Kakrapar Atomic Power Station, Indian nuclear plant - 2nd Aug 2011

Four labourers were exposed to low levels of radiation at an Indian nuclear plant at the end of May after an error in the control room, a report said Tuesday.

The Times of India, quoting the director of the Kakrapar Atomic Power Station in eastern Gujarat state, said the labourers were working on a spent fuel duct when radioactive material was accidentally released into it.

"They were sent home as they were within our radiation limits," said director K.P. Dutta, who added that the men had been examined at the plant's hospital.

Their radiation exposure was 90 millisieverts, he said, which is only slightly higher than the 60 millisieverts sustained during a full-body medical scan.

Two workers in the control room responsible for the accident have been removed from their positions, Dutta said. Source