An EDF worker was contaminated throughout a current upkeep operation on the Cruas nuclear energy plant. His radiological publicity was above the annual regulatory restrict. The contaminated particular person is ok, nevertheless.
An EDF worker was contaminated by a radioactive particle within the Cruas nuclear energy plant in Ardèche. The incident was categorised at stage 2 (out of seven) on the Ines gravity scale liable for classifying nuclear dangers. A reasonably uncommon stage which is reached solely by a number of instances annually.
On August 24, two staff had been checking the tightness of the air provide to the pneumatic valves within the reactor 2 constructing. Through the test carried out on the exit of the managed space, contamination was detected within the neck of one of many workers and the radioactive particle was eliminated, experiences the Nuclear Security Authority (ASN) on September 2, confirming info from Dauphiné Liberated.
The dose obtained by the caregiver for the entire physique is considerably decrease than the annual regulatory restrict.
The radiological publicity of the agent was nevertheless larger than the annual regulatory restrict set for every sq. centimeter of pores and skin, “with out consequence for the well being of the worker” in line with EDF, quoted by the regional every day. “The dose obtained by the employee for the entire physique is for its half nicely under the annual regulatory restrict”, in line with ASN.
The worker involved has not been arrested and continues his exercise on the plant, however he won’t be able to return to the nuclear zone for a yr, mentioned an EDF consultant to AFP.
He’ll profit from “medical monitoring by occupational medication, complementary to the traditional monitoring of individuals working in managed areas,” mentioned the consultant.
EDF and ASN indicated that the origin of the contamination was not identified.
“Regardless of the investigations carried out on the route adopted by the operator, the areas or factors of contamination which can have been the supply of this contamination couldn’t be decided,” mentioned ASN.
An incident evaluation report is predicted inside two months.
In accordance with France Information, which raised the case, this contamination incident is the fourth because the finish of July in France. The earlier ones passed off in Cattenom (Moselle), Fessenheim (Haut-Rhin) and Saint-Laurent-des-Eaux (Loir-et-Cher), “much less severe” than that of Cruas-Meysse in line with the radio.