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As this issue of OEM goes to press, the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant damaged by the March, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan is classified at the highest level of severity on to the International Nuclear Event Scale—a value of 7, also given to the Chernobyl accident.1 An editorial and a review article in this issue of the Journal2 3 (see pages 387 and 457) and a complementary review and editorial we published in 20094 5 highlight both the progress that has been made in understanding the risks associated with …
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