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Iodine levels in two Japanese nuke plant workers 10 times above norm

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Two employees of the company operating Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant have received an excessive dose of radiation that increased tenfold the iodine level in their bodies to a level exceeding the allowable, Kyodo news agency said on Monday.

Two employees of the company operating Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant have received an excessive dose of radiation that increased tenfold the iodine level in their bodies to a level exceeding the allowable, Kyodo news agency said on Monday.

Iodine in the two workers' thyroid glands was registered at the level of 7690-9760 Becquerel, the agency said. The plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), said the workers had apparently received a dose of radiation exceeding the maximum of 250 millisievert set by the government for plant employees.

Both workers feel fine, TEPCO said. The workers were involved in repairs at the plant on March 11, when it was seriously damaged by a devastating earthquake and tsunami, the company said.

The government increased the maximum radiation dose for TEPCO employees working at the plant to 250 from 100 millisievert several days after the earthquake.

It will probably be impossible to stabilize the situation at the plant, where a nuclear meltdown has began at several reactors, by the end of the year, TEPCO officials were quoted by Kyodo as saying. This means that those evacuated from the 20-kilometer zone around the plant will not be able to return to their homes before the deadline set by the government.

TOKYO, May 30 (RIA Novosti) 

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