27 Apr '11, 8am

A woman working at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant received radiation at over 3 times the legal limit for females

A woman working at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant received radiation at over 3 times the legal limit for females

Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) said the woman, who had worked in support functions, had received 17.55 millisieverts of radiation, compared to the limit for women of five millisieverts over three months. -- PHOTO: REUTERS TOKYO - A WOMAN working at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant received radiation at over three times the legal limit for females over a three-month period, the plant's operator said on Wednesday. Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) said the woman, who had worked in support functions, had received 17.55 millisieverts of radiation, compared to the limit for women of five millisieverts over three months. 'It was our error. We regret it,' a Tepco official told reporters. The limit is lower for women, in part because of the risk to their babies if they fall pregnant. Women also have a higher sensitivity to radiation and the dose which causes perma...

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