- Two men seriously hurt in crash near Fruitland (9/21/16)3
- Community helps Jackson family with two cases of muscular dystrophy (9/19/16)
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Eldorado Resorts to buy Isle of Capri Casinos (9/20/16)7
- Concealed-carry restrictions remain in Missouri despite new state law (9/18/16)22
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)6
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Poplar Bluff man accused of beating a grandmother to death with baseball bat (9/18/16)
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
Nuclear workers exposed to gas
ATHENS, Ala. -- Fifty-four workers were exposed to gas with low levels of radioactive contamination during an incident this week at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant, officials said.
The gas escaped late Wednesday as workers were taking apart the Unit 2 reactor, plant spokesman Craig Beasley said. They returned to work the next day.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman Ken Clark said the accident appeared minor. "We do not expect any of the workers who were exposed to have any adverse health effects," he said.
Beasley said none of the radioactive gas left the building surrounding the reactor. With the top of the reactor already removed, the gas escaped as the workers took off another part, he said.
Beasley said the workers received less than 50 millirems of radiation exposure. By comparison, he said, a dental X-ray exposes patients to about 9 millirems.