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Team to re-enter New Mexico nuclear waste site after radiation leak

By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - An investigative team plans to re-enter an underground nuclear waste site in New Mexico next week for the first time since an accidental release of unsafe levels of radiation there last month, a U.S. Energy Department official said Thursday. U.S. authorities now say that 21 workers at the Carlsbad-area "waste isolation pilot project" (WIPP) were exposed to radiation after the accidental leak from the site, which stores waste from U.S. nuclear labs and weapons production facilities.

Radiation improves odds for some women after mastectomy

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who have their breasts removed because of cancer may benefit from receiving radiation if they still have traces of cancer in their lymph nodes, suggests a new analysis. Radiation reduced the risk of death and of cancer returning among women who had cancer cells detected in the cluster of nodes under the arms after a mastectomy. The nodes are part of the lymphatic system, a conduit for immune and other cells.

Monitors indicate 2nd, small radiation release from troubled nuclear waste dump in New Mexico

CARLSBAD, N.M. - New air sampling data from southeastern New Mexico's troubled nuclear waste dump indicates there has been another small radiation release. Department of Energy officials say a monitoring station picked up elevated radiation readings around the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad on March 11. That's nearly a month after a Valentine's Day leak contaminated 17 workers and shut the only repository for toxic waste from the nation's nuclear bomb-building program.

Radiation levels uncertain as workers prepare to enter underground New Mexico nuke dump

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The U.S. Department of Energy and the operators of the nation's only underground nuclear waste dump said Monday they are making plans to allow specially trained workers to enter the site for the first time in weeks after more than a dozen employees were exposed to low levels of radiation during a mysterious leak.

Ill health effects seen as unlikely for New Mexico workers exposed to radiation

By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - Workers who initially tested positive for radiation exposure after an accidental release at a nuclear waste site in New Mexico are unlikely to experience any ill health effects, site managers said on Wednesday.

Fire hits Japan nuke plant, no radiation leaks

A minor fire broke out at a nuclear power plant in western Japan on Wednesday but there was no fear of a radiation leak, a utility spokesman said. An electricity transformer caught fire at the No. 3 reactor at Takahama plant in Fukui, said a Kansai Electric Power spokesman, adding the blaze was rapidly brought under control. "No one was injured and there was no impact from the incident -- such as a radiation leak -- on the outside environment," he added.

S. Korea to increase safety, radiation tests on fishery products

SEJONG, Jan. 16 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will greatly increase the number of safety tests this year on fishery products sold here, including for radiation, the government said Thursday. According to the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, the government plans to conduct 7,200 safety checks, 18 percent more than in 2013. Tests for antibiotic residues and prohibited drugs will increase the most, to over 5,700, it said. The number of tests for radiation will increase from 811 last year to 911, according to the ministry.

S. Korea to increase safety, radiation tests on fishery products

SEJONG, Jan. 16 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will greatly increase the number of safety tests this year on fishery products sold here, including for radiation, the government said Thursday. According to the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, the government plans to conduct 7,200 safety checks, 18 percent more than in 2013. Tests for antibiotic residues and prohibited drugs will increase the most, to over 5,700, it said. The number of tests for radiation will increase from 811 last year to 911, according to the ministry.

Regulators call for radiation dose management on individual basis

The Nuclear Regulation Authority on Wednesday decided to propose to a government task force that the management of radiation doses on an individual basis is vital to working out measures to protect people seeking to return to their homes after the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster.

No Fukushima radiation effect on bulls' sperm

The testes and sperm of bulls abandoned in the evacuation zone around the battered Fukushima nuclear plant were not affected by chronic exposure to radiation, a Japanese academic study has found. The work provides crucial data to scientists and public policy advisers on the possible impact of the reactor meltdowns on human -- and especially reproductive -- health, two-and-a-half years after the tsunami-sparked disaster.
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