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|WORKERS IN CONTAMINATED ROOM FOR 3 HOURS|
Five Japanese workers who were accidentally exposed to radioactive substances had to wait three hours in a contaminated room. That's according to the operator of a nuclear research facility near Tokyo.
The accident happened Tuesday during an inspection at the Japan Atomic Energy Agency's research center. Four of the workers suffered internal radiation exposure when a bag of powdered radioactive substances ripped open. The contents, including plutonium, spilled out.
Agency officials say the workers stayed in the room until an enclosure was set up outside. They say radiation could have leaked if the workers had left through a door. The officials say they're confident they dealt with the situation appropriately, but they say they'll check to see how much radiation the workers were exposed to.