Workers Exposed To Radioactive Liquid At Daiichi

The Associated Press initially broke the story with few details. Two workers had been hospitalized after being sprayed with a radioactive liquid from the ALPS decontamination system.

Further reporting in Japan provided more details. Five workers were sprayed with this liquid that consisted of radioactive nitric acid used to rinse out a treatment tank. The workers were not wearing plastic raincoats, causing this radioactive nitric acid to soak through their tyvek suits and adhere to their skin.

The workers were all decontaminated on-site. Two of the workers continued to show contamination on their skin and were transported to Fukushima Medical University. The closest facility with a radiation exposure unit. Doctors noted that the two had beta radiation contamination on their skin but so far hadn’t developed burns or skin damage. They will be held at the facility and monitored for two weeks. The radiation readings found on the workers were moderate. The radiation level in the liquid was not disclosed.

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