Worker exposure at Fukushima, and an Italian nuclear moratorium

The pro-nuke website World Nuclear News had two important stories today.

The first concerned worker exposure levels at Fukushima:

Three contractors were installing cables in the first floor and basement of the turbine building of unit 3, having to standing in water that resulted in exposures of around 170 millisieverts to the skin on their legs. Two have been taken to hospital.

The dose is higher than a commonly accepted value of 100 millisieverts for nuclear workers in an emergency situation, but less than the 250 millisieverts temporarily allowed by Japanese authorities. The World Health Organisation, however, said that a limit of 500 millisiverts is an international standard for emergency work.

Another worker suffered an exposure of 106 milliseverts during venting work early in the Fukushima crisis, while six more have been confirmed to have received more than 100 millisieverts – and another between 100 and 150 millisieverts. Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) has not revealed the work these people had been carrying out.

The second story concerned Italy’s nuclear program:

Italy’s Council of Ministers has approved a moratorium of at least one year on construction of nuclear power plants in the country, which had been looking to restart its long-abandoned nuclear program.  

Minister of Economic Development introduced the moratorium to the Council of Ministers the day after he had informed the Italian senate industry committee of his intention to do so. In the light of the European Commission’s announcement of a program of stress tests at operating nuclear reactors following the events at Fukushima in Japan, Romani said that the moratorium would allow Italy to make “calm, informed” decisions on its nuclear program “not influenced by the emotions of the moment.”



About Robert Singleton

By day, I work for a call center. In my spare time, I try to save my hometown (and planet) from a nearly constant onslaught of greedheads, lunatics and land developers. I live in a fictional town called Austin, Texas, where I go to way too many meetings.
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