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July 3, 2014

Feds to clean site of ‘76 ‘Atomic Man' accident

  • A DOE spokesman at Hanford said this is going to be “the toughest work ahead of us as we finish cleaning the plant.”
    Associated Press

    SPOKANE — Workers are preparing to enter one of the most dangerous rooms on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation — the site of a 1976 blast that exposed a technician to a massive dose of radiation, leading to him being nicknamed the “Atomic Man.”

    Harold McCluskey was working in the room when a chemical reaction caused a glass glove box to explode. He was exposed to the highest dose of radiation from the chemical element americium ever recorded — 500 times the occupational standard.

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