The Nuclear Regulatory Commission started a special inspection of the MIT research reactor yesterday after receiving a report that a reactor operator was exposed to an unusually high dose of radiation. According to a press release from the NRC, a reactor operator was exposed to 4 rem during operations that would normally incur a maximum exposure of 0.5 rem. The annual radiation exposure limit for reactor operators is 5 rem. The NRC inspection should be completed within three weeks; the report will be made public approximately 30 days later.
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