Radioactive Clothing Triggers Probe at Va. Shipyard

June 9, 2010

Northrop Grumman Corp. is investigating an incident in which a worker's clothing was contaminated with radioactive material at the company's Newport News shipyard.

Northrop Grumman spokeswoman Margaret Mitchell-Jones says the incident occurred May 25 when the worker was performing radiological surveys in a tank aboard the nuclear-powered USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier.

Mitchell-Jones says a trace amount of radioactive material was found on the clothing. But there was no detectable radioactivity on the worker's skin or internally.

She says the worker wasn't harmed and he returned to his job. The worker wasn't identified.

Northrop Grumman informed the Navy of the incident.

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