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Six Fukushima workers doused with radioactive water

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File PHOTO: AP
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Six workers at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant were doused with radioactive water from a desalination system on Wednesday, the plant’s operator said.

The fluid splashed onto the men when they accidentally removed a pipe connected to the system, Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) said.

“The water did not come into contact with their faces so there is a little possibility that the workers ingested” any of the water, a TEPCO spokeswoman said, adding there were five other workers present at the time.

The pipe was reconnected and the leak stopped within an hour of the initial incident, the utility said in a statement.

Wednesday’s incident will do little to improve the commonly-held view that TEPCO is making a mess of cleaning up the world’s worst nuclear accident for a quarter of a century.AFP


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