Wednesday, July 27, 2011

SPECIAL REPORT-Fukushima long ranked Japan's
most hazardous nuclear plant

"Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant ranked as one of the most dangerous in the world
for radiation exposure years before it was destroyed by the meltdowns and explosions...

After the earthquake, contract workers at Fukushima were sent in without radiation meters
or basic gear such as rubber boots. Screening for radiation from dust and vapor inhaled by workers
was delayed for weeks...

But that kind of stepped-up review never happened in Tokyo, where the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency remains an adjunct of the trade ministry charged with promoting nuclear power...

Because of Fukushima's high radiation, Tokyo Electric brought in thousands of workers each year,
often to work just a few days on the most hazardous jobs..."

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