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6 workers contaminated by French radioactive leak

6 workers contaminated by French radioactive leak

French nuclear safety authorities says six people have been contaminated by a leak of radioactive cobalt in a foundry.
The Institute for Radioactivity Protection and Nuclear Safety says the six were brought to a hospital unit at a nuclear plant near the foundry in Feurs in eastern France. Tests are being carried out to determine the severity of the contamination.
The Nuclear Safety Authority said Thursday the incident occurred when workers were using a robot to retrieve material containing Cobalt-60 stuck in a machine used to test engineering structures. The material had been stuck since May 7.
The Nuclear Safety Authority ranked the incident Wednesday as a Level 2 on a scale of 7 used to classify nuclear incidents.


Updated : 2021-06-22 10:15 GMT+08:00