Canwest News Service first learned of the Dec. 5 radioactive leak on Dec. 14 through a source with knowledge of the operations at Chalk River who requested anonymity out of concern for job security.
"(There was) a minor spill of tritiated water on the reactor hall floor," the source, an engineer, told Canwest News Service on Dec. 14. "Operators now must wear protective clothing inside the reactor hall because of the beta fields."
As chance would have it, I happen to be on close personal terms with someone who not only took physics engineering in university, but actually worked at the accelerator lab at McMaster where he was in charge of (among other things) nuclear safety.
I read him that portion of the article and asked, "So, what exactly would be involved in cleaning up a spill like that?"
He said, "To start? Tear up the floor."
I sent him links to the two original reports (yes, yes, I email across the couch), and he had quite a lot more to say. I'm working on getting him to do a guest blog post for tomorrow.