May 14, 2011 by staff
TEPCO, the utility that runs the earthquake-crippled jet, told The New York Times that the contract worker, a man aged 60, collapsed after carrying heavy equipment in a building waste disposal. It said he was wearing protective clothing and a mask and his body showed no dangerous levels of radiation.
A doctor told the Kyodo news agency the likely cause was a heart attack. The reactor buildings still have tons of polluted water, and Saturday, Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said more than 12 feet of water was found in the basement of Unit 1.
Meanwhile Saturday, Chubu Electric Power Co. said it had finished closing the Hamaoka nuclear power plant, at the request of Prime Minister Naoto Kan. Hamaoka sits on a major fault and is just 120 miles west of Tokyo.
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