Japan hikes legal radiation dose for nuke workers

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 10:13 AM
Last updated 2:34 PM
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TOKYO — Japan has raised the maximum radiation dose allowed for nuclear workers, citing the urgent need to prevent a crisis at a tsunami-stricken power plant from worsening.

Despite the increase, surging radiation levels forced emergency workers to temporarily withdraw from the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant on Wednesday, losing time in their struggle to cool overheating fuel in reactors crippled by last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami.

The Ministry of Health Labor and Welfare raised the maximum allowable exposure for nuclear workers to 250 millisieverts from 100 millisieverts. It described the move as "unavoidable due to the circumstances."

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tiredofsrryppl
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tiredofsrryppl 03/16/11 - 11:48 am
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Utmost respect for those

Utmost respect for those workers and techs who are putting their job first in attempts to have a positive impact on this huge ecological disaster. Many thanks! You are Heros of the greatest kind.

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rmwhitley 03/16/11 - 01:13 pm
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Japan is noted for a
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Japan is noted for a "kamikazee" attitude.

Newsreader
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Newsreader 03/16/11 - 04:55 pm
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I hope someone is writing a

I hope someone is writing a "lessons learned" report while they try to control this situation. I pray for these workers. They have shown bravery, compassion, and dedication far beyond the expected. They should be raised to national hero status.

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ron_rlw 03/16/11 - 05:23 pm
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You do realize that the

You do realize that the Nuclear Plants in the US have different limits for routine operation and Emergencies, which include life saving events and bring the plant back into a stable mode.

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