Lab: More People Exposed To Plutonium than Thought

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Boulder, Colo. (AP) A Boulder laboratory says new tests show more people were exposed to plutonium than originally thought after a June spill, but none are expected to have significant health effects.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology said Thursday that about half the 29 people who have been tested showed signs of exposure. The specific number wasn't released.

Nist has not said how many people tested positive originally. The lab says results for six more employees are expected in about a month.

The plutonium spilled through a crack in a vial holding about a quarter-gram of powder containing the radioactive material.

The lab promised to tighten procedures after an internal review found a “casual and informal research environment.”

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