UKAEA guilty over plutonium exposure

23 July 2007

The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) has been fined a total of £15,000 ($30,000) after pleading guilty to charges relating to the exposure of a worker to plutonium.

Speaking outside Wick Sheriff Court, where UKAEA was fined, Simon Middlemas, Dounreay’s site director said: “We accept some mistakes were made in the Marshall Lab at the beginning of last year resulting in a worker receiving a very minimal plutonium intake. It should not have happened and we, very quickly, addressed a number of issues highlighted by the NII.” UKAEA’s director of safety, Dr John Crofts, said: “Our procedures have been tightened and a number of behavioural safety initiatives have been set in place to ensure this that type of incident should never occur again.”

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