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NHK: 50 remaining workers at Nuclear Plant Withdrawn
by R. Robertson
Tuesday Mar 15th, 2011 8:33 PM
Japanese national television NHK said that the 50 remaining workers at Fukushima's Daiichi nuclear reactor have been withdrawn because of high levels of radiation.
Japanese national television NHK said that the 50 remaining workers at Fukushima's Daiichi nuclear reactor have been withdrawn because of high levels of radiation. The language used was sufficiently vague enough to indicate that they may return. AP report: 70 percent of fuel rods at one of the six reactors at the plant were significantly damaged in the aftermath of Friday's calamitous earthquake and tsunami. CNN's commentator, scientist Jim Walsh of MIT, said that if this is a total withdrawal this is very serious indeed.

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by R.R.
Wednesday Mar 16th, 2011 3:17 AM
Authorities withdrew 750 workers on Tuesday, leaving only 50.
All those remaining were pulled out for almost an hour on Wednesday because radiation levels were too high, but they were later allowed to return.
Arnie Gundersen, a 39-year veteran of the nuclear industry, now chief engineer at Fairwinds Associates Inc and who worked on reactor designs similar to Daiichi plant, said 50 or so people could not babysit six nuclear plants.
"That evacuation (of 750 workers) is a sign they may be throwing in the towel," Gundersen said.