The ongoing investigation into the discovery of accidental radiation exposure at the Los Alamos National Laboratory last Saturday has revealed that 18 lab employees were exposed, as well as one contractor.
Earlier in the week, lab officials reported that about a dozen workers had been subjected to the radiological incident.
However, officials also stressed no one was harmed, as the incident involved very low levels of radiation from a form of Technetium.
“This is not the Technetium 99m that is used for medical isotopes. It is still a beta emitter, which occur naturally in the environment,” said Nancy Ambrosiano, public information officer for LANL. “The incident involved approximately the same radiation levels that occur naturally in bricks or stone flooring in the Southwest.”
Ambrosiano also said “it’s important to note that the highest measured exposure is more than 10 times less than what is allowed by law.”
The Department of Energy’s Radiological Assistance Program (RAP) teams have also just about completed determining where the contaminated employees went after being exposed to the radiological material.