Japanese authorities began investigating the recent media reports that the emergency nuclear power plant "Fukushima-1" received instructions to hide information about the true level of radiation, said on Saturday, CNN quoted a source in the government.
Survey of the safety violation appeared in the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun on Saturday. Referring to the reporters got to recording, the publication says that the company's Build-Up forcing workers cope with the consequences of the accident at the nuclear power plant to meet the personal dosimeters protective lead shield.
Build-Up Company was hired Japanese power company Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), the managing nuclear power plant "Fukushima-1" as a subcontractor for the relief effort.
According to the regulations, workers may be exposed to nuclear radiation exposure to 50 mSv per year. Once the monitor captures this figure, an employee for a time suspended from work in order to avoid harm to his health. Due to elevated levels of radiation on the "Fukushima-1" critical mark was achieved very quickly, which is why Build-Up could be deprived of their employees.
"We'll have a thorough review of the incident as soon as we get confirmation that the law has been violated," — said the representative of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan.
A source in TEPCO, also on condition of anonymity, said that the company had received a report on possible violations as early as Thursday and began an internal investigation. TEPCO says that in spite of threats from management Build-Up did not violate safety. However, the Asahi Shimbun said that nine workers have used the shield on their dosimeters.
In March of last year because of the tsunami, the height of which was three times higher than expected, down came the cooling system at the plant "Fukushima-1". The accident was the largest in 25 years after the Chernobyl accident. There have been numerous leaks of radiation into the atmosphere and sea water. From the area within 20 kilometers of the plant were evacuated 140,000 people. Most of them are still living in temporary housing. A number of areas of high levels of contamination are expected to be declared uninhabitable. Complete elimination of the accident, including the dismantling of the reactors, will take about 40 years.