NRC cites Kansas State after nuclear research reactor is exposed to radiation leak
Posted By: Chris Allen
6:05 AM, Dec 1, 2010
MANHATTAN, Kansas (AP) - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission cited Kansas State University
after an employee at its nuclear research reactor was exposed to a
minor radiation leak.
However, the federal agency did not fine the university, noting
that it responded swiftly and that the reactor had a long record of
The university said in a news release Monday that a reactor
operator was exposed to radiation on Sept. 22, but the employee
suffered no injuries.
Jeff Geuther, manager of the reactor, says the NRC found that
the reactor's programs were not sufficient for preventing the
incident. But it did not impose the usual $3,500 fine for that
level of violation.
The reactor was shut down after the leak but has since been
restarted. The reactor, which has been in operation since 1962,
supports academic and education programs.