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Japan nuclear plant workers suffer chemical burns

TOKYO (Reuters) - Five workers suffered burns at a Japanese nuclear power plant on Tuesday when they were splashed with chemicals during a routine inspection, a spokesman for plant operator Chugoku Electric Power Co said.

The 460-megawatt nuclear plant in western Japan has been shut down for planned inspection since December 5, and there was no leakage of radioactivity or impact on the environment, the spokesman said.

The workers were splashed with chemicals mixed with nitric acid and were taken to hospital for treatment.

Reporting by Osamu Tsukimori

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