Title: Fukushima nuclear workers reaching exposure limit
Date: Aug 24, 2012
Controlling the crippled nuclear plant in Fukushima is an ongoing challenge in Japan. But many workers crucial to the effort are reaching the limit for radiation exposure.
The labor ministry says that as of March — one year since the nuclear accident — 167 workers had left the plant with cumulative exposure levels of over 100 millisieverts.
Companies sending personnel to the plant say many workers continue to leave after exceeding or nearing the limit.
University of Tokyo Professor Kazumitsu Nawata warns of the consequences of losing nuclear plant workers with necessary expertise. He says young workers must be trained due to the need for massive manpower to fully bring the Daiichi plant under control.
Published: August 24th, 2012 at 11:51 am ET
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