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Five Workers Slightly Contaminated By Spill At Reactor

May 1, 1985

LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) _ Five workers at the Oyster Creek nuclear plant were slightly contaminated when radioactive water spilled from a shipping container, a spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said.

″Their exposure was well within the NRC regulatory limits,″ said Karl Abraham, an NRC spokesman in King of Prussia, Pa.

He said plant operator GPU Nuclear Corp. reported the Tuesday incident to the NRC.

The workers, who were not identified, were scrubbed with soap and water after the brief exposure, said James Laverty, a GPU spokesman.

The workers received less than one millirem of radiation, a level of exposure considered slight, Laverty said. They were not hospitalized.

Laverty said the employees exposure was limited because they wore protective clothing, including a cloth cap, coveralls, safety glasses, rubber gloves and canvas boots.

Laverty said the workers were contaminated about 6:45 a.m. when less than a gallon of water sprayed from a 40-ton cask. The cask was being filled with water to receive spent nuclear fuel from the plant, which provides electricity to customers of Jersey Central Power & Light Co.

GPU Nuclear said the accident occurred in the plant’s reactor building, where the cask was being readied to receive the spent fuel. The incident was reported to local, state and federal authorities, Laverty said.

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