Friday, March 9, 2012

NISA Approves TEPCO's Request to Have Female Workers Back at #Fukushima I Nuke Plant

TEPCO informed the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency that it would bring female workers back at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant on March 9, and NISA approved before the day was over.

According to Tokyo Shinbun quoting Kyodo News (3/9/2012), TEPCO is envisioning 8 hours a day, 20 days per month indoor work that would result in less than 5 millisieverts in 3 months.

As per my calculation, it will be 3.456 millisieverts in 3 months.

I just asked a former TEPCO employee who used to work at one of the TEPCO's nuclear power plants, who said "0.1 to 0.3 millisievert per year" radiation exposure for indoor, office work with occasional visits to controlled areas.

What is the point of TEPCO bringing back female workers at the plant where 7.2 microsieverts/hour radiation is considered "low"? Just to send a hopeful message that everything is going well in Fukushima?


Anonymous said...

Just part of the effort to make everyone THINK the situation is stable, cold shutdown..and safe for DNA. Wonder if the women have to agree not to have children after working at Fukushima? Or are the women older and out of child bearing years?

Of course..its the same thing for men, their DNA is damaged as well. BUT men do not get pregnant..they are needed to get the female pregnant..

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Anonymous said...

Let's hope that the women invited back will have found other jobs. Tepco should be ashamed for willingly exposing women to radiation that is both dangerous to them and their future children, and sadly, even though men do not get pregnant, their sexual organs can be damaged causing birth defects in their children as well.

Anonymous said...

Well, the commentary on the UN Resolution above that explains Japan's policy does say "women's participation is promoted in all aspects of recovery" ( assuming that the futile flailing, relaxing of standards, ignorance of dangers, and bald-faced lying that make up Japan's policy can be called "recovery policy.") Maybe this is what they mean by "women's participation is promoted."

Apologies for this crass language, but the phrase "frying all your eggs at once" comes to mind. If anybody at TEPCO thought it were safe for women, then it would be sending female TEPCO employees back there.
I think they are simply running out of men.

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