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Whistleblower on ANSTO’s nuclear radiation leak now dubbed a “security risk”

Ansto whistleblower now ”security risk’‘ St George & Sutherland Shire Leader, BY ROSITA GALLASCH, 09 Jun, 2010 DAVID Reid, the whistleblower who raised safety concerns about yje Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation’s radiopharmaceuticals and industrials (ARI) facility last month, is now regarded as a security risk.

ANSTO’s chief executive officer Adi Paterson said Mr Reid, who was a safety officer for six years and an employee for 28, now posed a security threat.

“I cannot be satisfied, from a security point of view, of him entering a nuclear facility,” Dr Paterson said.

He said it was his role to consider the safety of all employees at the plant, and for that reason Mr Reid would not be allowed to return to the secure ARI area he had previously worked in……

Mr Reid made the safety allegations about the ARI facility on the ABC on May 4.

At that time he said an employee had received a “massive” dose of radiation in an incident on August 28, 2008, and alleged there had been a cover-up.

The industry watchdog the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) found five safety and procedural concerns in its report released in January…………..

Mr Reid said he agreed with the new measures but he still wanted to see production managers be held accountable for a number of incidents.

“I think the measures would be put in place, but if the same people are there and doing the same wild things, it will keep going because they’re not held accountable and are not being held responsible,” Mr Reid said.

June 10, 2010 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, civil liberties | , , , , , , ,

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