SYDNEY, Australia — A fire at a nuclear reactor complex south of Sydney released radiation into the atmosphere Wednesday and contaminated two workers, authorities said.
Officials of the New South Wales state government and the Lucas Heights reactor complex 30 miles south of here described the incident as minor.
The shift foreman and an operator were exposed to low levels of radiation but returned to work after cleaning themselves and undergoing checks, Arnold Fleischmann of the New South Wales Health Department said.
The Lucas Heights complex has a small reactor and produces radioactive isotopes for medical, industrial and research uses.
The Australian Atomic Energy Commission said the fire broke out in a "hot cell" used to process medical isotopes. Radioactive isotopes are used as "tracers" to check functioning of organs or follow processes through bodily systems.