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Small emission of non-radioactive substance

10 June 2016

At approximately 10.30 today (10 June 2016), there was a small emission of a non-radioactive substance at Urenco Stable Isotopes on the Almelo site in the Netherlands. The substance, germanium fluoride is a corrosive substance that reacts with condensation in the air to form hydrogen fluoride. Five firemen were found to have inhaled the substance and were taken to hospital. Two Urenco employees were also taken to hospital but were released shortly afterwards.

The installation was immediately put into safe mode and the incident was reported to the authorities. A full investigation will be carried out in due course.


About Urenco

Urenco is an international supplier of enrichment services and fuel cycle products with its head office based close to London, UK. With plants in Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA, it operates in a pivotal area of the nuclear fuel supply chain which enables the sustainable generation of electricity for consumers around the world.

Using centrifuge technology designed and developed by Urenco, the Urenco Group provides safe, cost effective and reliable uranium enrichment services for power generation within a framework of high environmental, social and corporate responsibility standards.


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