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Nuclear company apologizes for ‘hot spot’ on truck

ATLANTA — The world’s largest builder of nuclear reactors apologized to regulators Wednesday over a shipment of equipment that contained a radiation “hot spot” that exceeded federal guidelines and traveled more than 400 miles from Virginia to Tennessee.

A team of inspectors said the quarter-sized spot, which was located on cleaning equipment in an Areva NP Inc. shipment, measured 10 times higher than the level of radiation allowed by federal regulators for transport. Areva said its own tests showed that the “hot spot,” or concentrated area of radiation, was four times higher than the federal limits.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Areva both concluded the radiation didn’t pose a threat to the truck’s driver, employees or the public. But company leaders conceded the incident exposed “weaknesses” in Areva’s shipping procedures. More from the

Well… this could pose a problem…


May 29, 2008 - Posted by | trucking | ,

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