The plutonium may have been released into the sewer system after two employees "washed plutonium-containing powder off their hands and into a sink" on June 9.
Traces of plutonium from the June 9 spill were found in a laboratory sink, where the radioactive chemical may have washed into the city’s sewer system, NIST announced last week.Boulder city officials say there is nothing to be afraid of. All is well. Link
Contamination has since been found on the floor and tabletops, consistent of the spread of plutonium by hands and shoes, the agency said. Boulder officials were alerted since the sink drains into the municipal sewer system.
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