Feds Issue Fine for Radiation Levels at Power Plant Near Wheatland

The NRC has issued a fine to Basin Electric for improper radiation levels at a power plant near Wheatland, Wyoming.
The NRC has issued a fine to Basin Electric for improper radiation levels at a power plant near Wheatland, Wyoming.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission says six workers at a power plant near Wheatland were exposed to improperly high levels of radiation last year. The federal agency proposes to fine Basin Electric Power Cooperative nearly $25,000 for the incident at its coal-fired Laramie River Station plant.

The NRC says none of the workers is expected to suffer any long-term adverse health effects. Basin Electric Spokesman Daryl Hill said that the workers were exposed to gauges that use beams of radiation to measure whether pipes at the plant are carrying coal, and that safety has been improved at the plant since last year. The company has 30 days to pay the proposed fine or challenge it.

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