An investigation has been completed after a piece of radioactive graphite – approximately the size of a 10p piece – was found outwith the nuclear licensed area of Hunterston earlier this year. The small piece of low level radioactive graphite was found in an individual’s toolbox, although within Hunterston A, between January and April. The matter was reported immediately, and a probe was subsequently launched, and Magnox have pointed out that the incident represented no danger to the public. The Hunterston site stakeholders group chairman Rita Holmes has asked questions about how the graphite piece got into the toolbox, and why tool kits are allowed outwith contaminated areas. There are many radiation and contamination controlled areas on the site – in areas where there is significant repeated work the tools would remain in the controlled area. Magnox also pointed out that there are a lot of areas where only a small amount of work requires to be done, and it would be very costly to leave tools in each of these areas as a vast amount of tools would be required.
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