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UN questions Japan estimates of Fukushima worker radiation doses 20% error


 October 12, 2013  12:05PM ET

Japanese authorities may have underestimated radiation doses by 20 percent

Local government officials and nuclear experts inspecting a monitoring well where high levels of radioactive materials were detected at Tokyo Electric Power's (TEPCO) Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture on Aug. 6, 2013.
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Japanese authorities may have underestimated by 20 percent the radiation doses workers got in the initial phase of the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster, a Japanese newspaper reported on Saturday, citing a U.N. panel.
A big earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 damaged the power station north of Tokyo, operated by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), causing three partial reactor meltdowns. The company has struggled to contain leaking radiation since then.
The U.N. Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) raised doubts about the dose estimates of the government and TEPCO, in a summary of a report on Oct. 12, according to The Asahi Shimbun Japanese newspaper.
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