1976 'Atomic Man' Accident Site to Be Cleaned

Environmental crews will clean rooms at Hanford Nuclear Reservation, where a man was exposed to radiation.
1:00 | 07/03/14

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Talk about a blast from the past way back in 1976. It was a serious accident inside the Hanford nuclear reservation the Washington State facility which -- plutonium for the US nuclear weapons arsenal. One man 64 year old Harold McCloskey happened to be in the room when that small box for handling nuclear material exploded. He was exposed to the highest dose of radioactive ever -- and ever recorded. Estimated to be 500 times the -- -- -- limit. McCloskey -- spent a year in isolation inside it decontamination facility before being cleared to return home. He died in 1987 after years of era ill health. Meantime the side of the accident nicknamed the McCloskey room has remained largely off limits until now. Workers are gearing up to go in and clean it up starting this summer. 38 years after the accident.

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