From: Logaras, Harral
Sent: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 10:57 AM
To: LIA04 Hoc
Cc: Barker, Allan; Heck, Jared
Subject: FW: Rad Worker Exposure Totals
Dear State Liaison Desk,
We have a question from the State of Ohio and I am at a loss to respond authoritatively – can you help us with this item (please see below).
U. S. NRC Region III
Regional Government Liaison
Link to the Award Winning NRC Information Digest http://www.nrc.qov/reading-rm/doccollections/
nureqs/staff/srl 350/v22/sr1 350v22. pdf
Link to NRC Actions on Japan Emergency http://www.nrc.qov/*apan/iapan-info.html
Link to NRC Fact Sheets and Brochures http://www.nrc.qov/readinq-rm/doc-collections/fact-sheets/
–O-rig-in-al Message —–
From: Michael L. Bear [mailto:MLBear(,dps.state.oh.us]
Sent: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 8:43 AM
To: Barker, Allan; Logaras, Harral
Subject: Rad Worker Exposure Totals
A question came up in conversation yesterday that I’m hoping the NRC may have an answer for.
Presently U.S. workers are being recruited to work over in Japan at the Fukashima site.
How will exposure that workers get in a foreign country be dealt with?
I’m assuming it will count on their lifetime exposure record, but will it count toward their annual occupational exposure limits here in the U.S.?
Would it count as an emergency exposure so it doesn’t affect their annual occupational exposure?
Would working in Japan in this situation constitute a Planned Special Exposure?
My gut feeling is that radiation exposure is radiation exposure and it will count towards totals no matter where in the world the exposure occurs.
But since things in life are rarely as I think they should be, I figured this was something I’d better confirm with the NRC.
Hope all is well!
Michael L. Bear
Radiological Analyst Supervisor
Ohio Emergency Management Agency
- March 15th 2011 – NRC does not have a take on checking planes from Japan for radiation contamination in Hawaii (enformable.com)
- April 6th, 2011 – Korean Nuclear Safety – Fukushima impact in United States (enformable.com)
- New NRC protocol after positive I-131 and other isotope samples linked to Fukushima (enformable.com)
- March 15th, 2011 – NRC debates INES levels 3 days prior to actual upgrade to Level 5 (enformable.com)
- Oconee Nuclear Power Plant Notifies NRC of Breach of Packaging of Radioactive Materials During Transportation (enformable.com)
- NRC High Importance Notice Responding To Fukushima Disaster on March 11th (enformable.com)
- NRC No. 11-046 March 13, 2011 – NRC SEES NO RADIATION AT HARMFUL LEVELS REACHING U.S. FROM DAMAGED JAPANESE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS (enformable.com)
- NRC requires new look at quake risks for reactors after criticism of official response (enformable.com)
- Internal NRC emails on Mar. 15: “Are we still looking at a possible total meltdown and big release” from Fukushima? – As US regulator was debating whether Level 4 or 5 accident… Ended up Level 7, the highest (enenews.com)
- March 12th 2011 12:52 PM FOAI Communication – Reactor 1 Water level was known to be below top of active fuel (enformable.com)