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Feds to clean site of 1976 'Atomic Man' accident

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  • Particles of radioactive material and glass flew into this room on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Richland, Wash., Sept. 1, 1976, injuring one person and exposing nine others to radioactivity. The space, now dubbed the McCluskey Room, is located inside the closed Plutonium Finishing Plant and is scheduled for cleanup this summer.

      Particles of radioactive material and glass flew into this room on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Richland, Wash., Sept. 1, 1976, injuring one person and exposing nine others to radioactivity. The space, now dubbed the McCluskey Room, is located inside the closed Plutonium Finishing Plant and is scheduled for cleanup this summer.
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  • Harold McCluskey, seen in this 1977 photo, was exposed to a massive dose of radiation, leading to his nickname as the "Atomic Man." McCluskey lived for 11 more years and died of causes not related to the accident.

      Harold McCluskey, seen in this 1977 photo, was exposed to a massive dose of radiation, leading to his nickname as the "Atomic Man." McCluskey lived for 11 more years and died of causes not related to the accident.
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Workers are preparing to enter one of the most dangerous rooms on the hanford nuclear reservation -- the site of a 1976 blast that exposed a technician to a massive dose of radiation, which led to him being nicknamed the "atomic man."

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