Thursday, October 10, 2013

Workers at Fukushima splashed by toxic water | The Japan Times

Six workers at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant were doused Wednesday with radioactive water from a desalination system, Tepco said.

The fluid splashed onto the men when they accidentally removed a pipe connected to the system, officials from Tokyo Electric Power Co. said.

The highly toxic water spilled out in the incident, covering the desalination facility’s entire floor, Tepco said.

About 10 tons of water may have leaked, the utility said, noting the pipe in a reading in August contained some 37 million becquerels per liter of radioactive substances that emit beta rays such as strontium-90, against the legal limit of 30 becquerels for strontium-90.

The mishap is the latest in a spate of leaks and problems caused by human error that have added to public criticism of Tepco’s handling of the crisis.

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Comment: They got splashed with something emitting 37 "million" becquerels of toxic water and the legal limit is a measly 30 becquerels. I don't know about you but, something tells me I wouldn't want to be one of those six guys right now... 

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