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2 Workers May Have Exceeded Japan Radiation Limit

Wearing suits to protect against radiation, Japanese residents of the town of Futaba prepare to leave by a bus from Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, to visit their homes Thursday May 26, 2011. Residents of Futaba, around Japan's radiation-leaking Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex, were allowed a two-hour visit home to collect belongings Thursday for the first time since the complex went into crisis in March.

Wearing suits to protect against radiation, Japanese residents of the town of Futaba prepare to leave by a bus from Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, to visit their homes Thursday May 26, 2011. Residents of Futaba, around Japan's radiation-leaking Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex, were allowed a two-hour visit home to collect belongings Thursday for the first time since the complex went into crisis in March.

TOKYO-- Two workers at Japan's crippled nuclear plant might have exceeded a radiation exposure limit amid concerns about the risks faced by the workers struggling to contain the crisis.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Monday the two control room operators are being tested further and don't have immediate health problems.

If exposures beyond the limit are confirmed, they would be the first men to reach the government-set limit.

The government had eased its previous limit for men soon after the earthquake and tsunami set off the crisis at the tsunami-hit Fukushima Dai-ichi plant on March 11.

The two men were responsible for Unit 3 and 4 central control rooms when the quake and tsunami knocked out the plant's power and cooling functions.