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Bohrmann v. Maine Yankee Atomic Power Co.

United States District Court for the District of Maine
926 F. Supp. 211 (1996)


Facts

Bohrmann and other chemistry students (plaintiffs) went on a tour of Maine Yankee Atomic Power Company’s (Maine Yankee) (defendant) nuclear power plant. The tour occurred approximately two weeks after a radioactive gas leak at the plant. As part of the leak repair, Maine Yankee needed to flush out certain “hot spots” in its demineralizer, a process that Maine Yankee knew would lead to the release of radioactive gas. Maine Yankee conducted this process during the plaintiffs’ tour. The plaintiffs tested positive for radiation exposure upon the conclusion of the tour. Bohrmann experienced a significant reduction in his white blood-cell count. The plaintiffs brought suit for battery. Maine Yankee argued that it was in compliance with federal nuclear power-plant safety standards.

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