Protecting Workers at a Dangerous Nuclear Complex

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Workers trying to restore cooling systems at the Fukushima Nuclear Plant are not making too much progress, not when working conditions mean literally taking their life into their hands every day.

Inside one of the reactor buildings, the millisierverts level measured 700 per hour on Monday, far exceeding the acceptable rate of 50 millisierverts of exposure per worker annually.

Exposure to that level of radiation can lead to poisoning or much worse.

The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) says it will build a metal tunnel to enhance safety for its workers. In the meantime, Japan’s Nuclear and Safety Agency ordered TEPCO to take other measures to protect its workers.

Its still unclear if this will delay TEPCO’s plan to stabilize the facility by early next year.

Fukushima was all but destroyed in a March earthquake and tsunami that killed an estimated 25,000 people in Japan.

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