The leak has now been admitted to have been worse than initially claimed. A new set of reports via the NRC showed that the event was worse and may have traveled off site. NEIS also documents a number of major failures in public safety at the plant that came into play. The facility does not have any designated evacuation zone around the plant in the event of a radioactive release. There are apparently not enough monitoring stations to detect releases from the plant.
A combination of the plant operating with replacement workers during a union worker strike, a systemic lack of public safety and a passive oversight system by the NRC created a situation that may have exposed the public. It also shows the considerable lack of public safety around non reactor nuclear facilities.
All the details are available on the NEIS website here:
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