Tar and Abby

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

*The Room*

"Hanford workers are preparing to enter and clean out the McCluskey Room at the Plutonium Finishing Plant, the site of one of Hanford's worst radiological accidents.
It still contains the glove box where a 1976 chemical explosion shattered the thick glass windows of the box. Radioactive concentrated nitric acid and shards of glass and metal sprayed into the neck and face of worker Harold McCluskey.
He received 500 times the amount of radiation doctors considered safe in a lifetime and his body set off Geiger counters 50 feet away, according to Department of Energy and Herald accounts of the accident.
But McCluskey, who came to be called the Atomic Man, survived and lived another 11 years and died of a previously diagnosed heart condition."
 They have developed new protective gear and suits for this operation.

(The Engineer and I were sophomores in college about 100 miles away and didn't move to the area until six years later.)

Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2014/07/02/3047436/hanford-room-where-atomic-man.html#storylink=cpy


anne marie in philly said...

yikes; then 3 mile island happened 3 years later.

mistress maddie said...

I assume the job pays well, but I wouldn't want to do it. I too remember Three Mile Island, I was about 4 when that happened. We lived 20 mile away. I still remember being let out of school, and we packed, and were ready to evaluate.

Jeanne said...

Craziness! Wonder what was special about the Atomic Man's body that allowed him to survive.....

Bob Slatten said...

My skin is icthy just reading this!