LAB NOTES: Hot hands reported in Plutonium Facility

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By Roger Snodgrass

A federal report from November cited unexpectedly high radiation readings for plutonium workers at the Plutonium Facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory.An occurrence report issued by the Department of Energy’s Office of Health, Safety and Security (HSS) said full-body readings were high, but the levels were considered to be in proportion to increased throughput over the previous three months. Extremity dosimetry, exposure to fingers, however, showed a very large increase, the summary stated, “that was not expected.”“The apparent October extremity dose for the highest exposed Actinide Process Chemistry Group Individual is the largest monthly dose observed in the previous 10 years and over five times the average of the highest monthly extremity doses for this organization,” the report continued.A parallel report dated Nov.

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