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HAZMAT/nuke plant events - Colorado and New Jersey

Area: USA, State of Colorado, , Craig

The owner of a coal-fired power plant is unsure what caused dozens of workers to be taken to a hospital Saturday complaining of their eyes burning and nausea. The incident at the Tri-State Generation and Transmission plant in Craig happened around midnight Saturday. Tri-State spokesman Jim VanSomeren said 19 workers were taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Craig and 12 additional workers sought treatment later. VanSomeren said no one was seriously injured. Six hundred workers are performing scheduled maintenance and upgrades on one of the plant's three units, which has been shut down since April 4. The workers were in an "enclosed area" at the time of the incident, said VanSomeren, and acetate from welding is being examined as a possible cause. "We're certainly working with the contractor to find out what that was," said VanSomeren, who said.


Area: USA, State of New Jersey, Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station, Lacey Township

The operator of the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant says a small quantity of a low-level radioactive substance found last week in a concrete cable vault is confined to the plant site. Officials at the plant, near the Jersey Shore, told the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that detectable levels of tritium had been found Wednesday while workers replaced a cable to a water pump. Tim Rausch, Oyster Creek's site vice president, said the release posed no threat to public or employee health or safety. Plant engineers and environmental experts were working to determine the source of the water containing the tritium. They believe it may have trickled into the vault by following underground electrical conduits that pass near a condensation tank.

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