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Dozens of pensioners are preparing to risk their lives heroically in an effort to clean up the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant in Japan. The Skilled Veterans Corps, as the volunteers have named themselves, have recruited some 180 members aged between 54 and 78 for the cause.
The selfless new recruits - which include both men and women, and are all retired - will be tasked with rebuilding the cooling system in the power plant. They will be running the risk of being exposed to deadly levels of radiation, but they argue that as they are nearing the end of their lives, they don't have as much to live for as those younger than them.
Our generation, who has, consciously or unconsciously, approved the construction of the Fukushima nuclear power plants and enjoyed the benefits of the vast supply of energy ... should be the first to join the Skilled Veteran Corps,' he was quoted as saying in the Times. 'Young people with a long future should not have to be placed in a position of having to undertake such a task. 'Radiation exposure of the generation that will reproduce the next generation should be avoided.'
Originally posted by ANNED
Since most health problem from exposure to moderate doses of radioactivity don't take place for 20 to 40 years.
And if someone has health problems that would kill them in 10 to 15 years anyway.
This would allow these people to earn some money for there remaining years. if it gave them a few hundred a month for there retirement it might be worth it.
If i was still active but had a slow moving cancer i might even volunteer for for something like that.
Who knows the radiation might slow the cancer even more or cure it.
Originally posted by xavi1000
reply to post by Grey Magic
Why you must mention dolphins in this thread i ask myself