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Japan Government will scrap the radiation dose limits for nuclear workers

 
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04/30/2011 05:25 AM
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Japan Government will scrap the radiation dose limits for nuclear workers
wtf


TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The health ministry plans to scrap the annual radiation dose limit for nuclear power plant workers at normal times for the meantime to secure enough workers for maintenance and checkups of nuclear power plants other than the crisis-hit Fukushima power station, sources close to the matter said Wednesday.

Under Japanese law, nuclear workers cannot be exposed to more than 50 millisieverts in one year and more than 100 millisieverts over five years.

The ministry, however, is expected to maintain the 100-millisievert rule, as there is medical evidence that exposure to radiation exceeding 100 millisieverts could increase the risk of developing leukemia and cancer, according to the sources.

The move comes as many nuclear workers are being sent to deal with the emergency situation at the radiation-leaking Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, although there are only 70,000 people nationwide who can engage in work at such plants.

As workers would not be able to work at other plants once they exceed their radiation dose limit by dealing with the Fukushima crisis, the industry ministry has been calling on the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare to ease the limit to prevent a possible shortage of such workers.



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04/30/2011 05:34 AM
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Re: Japan Government will scrap the radiation dose limits for nuclear workers
Great victory of paperwork over radiation - "We'll just change the laws!! That'll fix it!!!!"
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04/30/2011 06:51 AM
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Re: Japan Government will scrap the radiation dose limits for nuclear workers
I suppose it's sensible really. They've only got 70,000 workers who can do it, and they MUST clean it up. So this is pretty much the only option.

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