April 13th, 2011 – American workers being recruited to work at Fukushima

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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).

Harral Logaras
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
Phone: 614-799-3687

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