Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Lab Worker Uninjured In Tritium Gas Leakage.

Byline: Journal Staff Report

A small amount of a radioactive component used in nuclear weapons spilled at the Los Alamos National Laboratory on Wednesday, although no one was hurt.

According to lab information, a worker was in the process of checking tanks of tritium, radioactive hydrogen gas, to make sure they were empty. The tanks, about the size of a barbecue propane tank, should have been empty, said Kevin Roark, a lab spokesman.

The worker was checking and repacking them for storage. One of them obviously wasn't empty and when the worker checked it, the tank valve somehow failed, releasing a small amount of tritium into the air. …

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