Lucas Heights Incident June 2019
A safety incident at Australia’s only nuclear power operation has been reported tonight.
The Guardian newspaper is reporting a serious safety event at the Lucas Heights reactor.
According to the report, two workers at the facility were exposed to dangerous levels of radiation.
The incident happened on Friday morning at the facilities medical radiation operations.
Operations have since been put on hold until investigators give the all clear.
The Guardian said, “the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (Antso) has confirmed production at its new $168m nuclear medicine facility has been halted after “a safety incident””.
Three workers were exposed to radiation, with two being exposed to a dangerous dose.
A statement following the incident by an Antso spokesman:
“Early calculations indicate that the radiation dose received by two of the workers involved in medicine processing, was equivalent to that of a conventional radiation therapy treatment.”
“An occupational physician will continue to provide ongoing observation. All three workers involved are receiving ongoing support from Antso.”
“Vital supplies of molybdenum-99 nuclear medicine are currently being provided through alternative facilities at Antso, while the investigation is underway,” the spokesman said.
Lucas Heights facility is Australia’s only source of nuclear medical supplies.
The facility provides some 10,000 doses of technetium-99m per week.
Nuclear Reactor: Lucas Heights
Ryan is Contributing Editor