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Official: 8 ORNL workers exposed to radiation

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OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) - A top official at Oak Ridge National Laboratory says at least eight workers received internal radiation while carrying out a classified project earlier this year at the facility.

The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1xdVbpH) reports that ORNL Deputy Director Jeff Smith confirmed the Aug. 25 incident, which involved an unexpected airborne release of radioactive material.

Smith characterized the radiation doses as minor and said they were well below the level that requires the lab to report the incident to the Department of Energy.

However, he said the lab did report the incident to DOE and conducted a thorough evaluation to prevent a recurrence.

Smith said he couldn't discuss details because of the classified nature of the work, which the lab was performing for the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant.

Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

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