Sunday, February 5, 2012

Nuclear Worker at the San Onofre nuclear power plant in California fell into a reactor pool

A worker at a nuclear power plant fell into a reactor pool as he was leaning over to retrieve a flashlight and lost his balance.

The man, who has not been named, was able to return to work at the San Onofre nuclear power plant in California the same day as he was not exposed to a harmful amount of radiation.

The pool is more than 20 feet deep and holds water that circulates through the reactor core.

He received 5 millirems of radiation, Gil Alexander, a spokesman for plant operator Southern California Edison, told the North County Times.

That level, which is slightly more than the 4 millirem provided by a chest x-ray, is not considered a dangerous amount. Read More