Radiation-contaminated French workers under clinical examination: ASN

12:45, May 29, 2010      

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Clinical examination for six French workers exposed to radiation during a mission was underway, so was the inquiry into the accident, the French Nuclear Security Authority (ASN) confirmed to Xinhua on Friday.

The incident occurred Wednesday when the six workers were repairing a machine containing radioactive cobalt but unfortunately encountered a radiation leak during their operation at Feursmetal, a forge at the western French town of Feurs.

“Clinical examination is currently conducted in order to record and evaluate the threats to their health. Furthermore, the ‘Procureur de la Republique’ (public prosecutor) is conducting an inquiry into this incident that will provide further information,” ASN told Xinhua in an email statement.

The nuclear safety authority also said the accident “had no impact on the environment.”

On Thursday, French Institute for Radioactivity Protection and Nuclear Safety declared that this incident was not serious enough to leave health impact for the workers.

The ASN has ranked the incident as a Level 2 on an international classification scale of 7.

According to official statement, this kind of accident in France is rare, and the last similar occurrence was in January 2010 and classified as level 1.

Source: Xinhua


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