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Plutonium taints workers; NIST vows better procedures

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Employees at the Boulder campus of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) were contaminated when a vial containing about a quarter gram of plutonium-laced powder cracked on June 9, spilling a few particles.

Radiation spread to two buildings, exposing several workers. The workers received treatment to remove the radiation from their bodies.

During a House Technology and Innovation Subcommittee hearing in July, U.S. Rep. Mark Udall said the incident “never should have occurred.” NIST Acting Director Dr. James Turner said NIST’s protocols were inadequate and promised to overhaul them.

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