NRC cites Kansas State for violation at reactor

MANHATTAN, Kan. | The Nuclear Regulatory Commission cited Kansas State University after an employee at its nuclear research reactor was exposed to a minor radiation leak.

However, the federal agency did not fine the university, noting that it responded swiftly and that the reactor had a long record of operating safely.

The university said in a news release Monday that a reactor operator was exposed to radiation on Sept. 22, but the employee suffered no injuries.

Jeff Geuther, manager of the reactor, says the NRC found that the reactor's programs were not sufficient for preventing the incident. But it did not impose the usual $3,500 fine for that level of violation.

The reactor was shut down after the leak but has since been restarted. The reactor, which has been in operation since 1962, supports academic and education programs.