15 French nuke workers are exposed to radioactivity

Monday, July 21, 2008

PARIS (AP) — Electricite de France says 15 workers were exposed to radioactive contamination while carrying out maintenance at a nuclear plant in the French Alps.

France's nuclear industry is under increased scrutiny following uranium leaks earlier this month. France depends on nuclear power for the majority of its electricity.

In the latest incident, the electricity giant says "traces of radioactive elements" were found during standard monitoring of workers at the Saint-Alban plant in the Isere region.

Electricite de France says doctors examined the workers after the contamination was found and ruled that it had "no consequences" for their health. The utility is searching for the cause of the contamination.

The incident occurred Friday. It was announced Monday.

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