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Plant 'knew' radiation risk.

THE operator of a Japanese nuclear plant that went into a tsunami-triggered meltdown knew the risks from highly radioactive water at the site but sent in crews without adequate protection or warnings, a worker has claimed in a legal complaint.

The actions by Tokyo Electric Power led to radiation injuries, said the contract worker, known only as Shinichi, who was with a six-member team working at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant's unit three reactor in the early days of last year's crisis.

Company spokesman Yoshimi Hitosugi said officials were aware of water leaks elsewhere but could not anticipate the water problem in unit three's basement.
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Date:Nov 2, 2012
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