Exposure to High-level Nuclear Radiation

Tokyo Electric Power Co. <9501> caused confusion Saturday when it withdrew an admission that three workers’ exposure to high-level radiation at its quake-crippled nuclear power plant earlier this week was avoidable.

Tokyo Electric initially said the company would have prevented the three workers’ radiation exposure if it had properly alerted them in the wake of a report that a puddle of highly contaminated water was found in the turbine building of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant’s No. 1 reactor last week.

But later on Saturday, the company corrected the announcement and said it was difficult to predict high exposure risks to the workers.
“We apologize for the wrong information,” Tokyo Electric Executive Vice President Sakae Muto said at a press conference.

According to the company, it mixed up reactor building radiation data.

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