Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Second LANL employee exposed to radiological contamination

Last Update: 08/02/2005 7:44:05 AM
By: Associated Press

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) - Investigators are trying to determine whether a Los Alamos National Laboratory worked exposed to radioactive material spread it out of state.

A lab spokeswoman, Kathy DeLucas, said Monday another lab worker’s home has shown signs of slight contamination.

The first employee was exposed to americium 241 last month while at work. The lab says trace of amounts of americium 241 were found at his home and in his car. DeLucas says the lab is monitoring everywhere the worker has told the lab that he went.

Lab officials have said the contamination poses no risk to the general public. Americium 241 is mostly used as a component in household and industrial smoke detectors.

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