German radiation law scrapes through Bundesrat

Upper house insists on changes weakening environment ministry draft ordinance

The German upper house of state representatives on Friday agreed in principle draft changes to the country's law setting maximum levels of radiation for citizens and workers, although it insisted on some changes which would weaken the new law's overall effect.

The new draft toughens radiation exposure limits for workers in several sectors including the medical profession and the airline industry.

Although the Bundesrat accepted most of the tougher limits, it rejected environment minister Jürgen Trittin's bid to reduce the threshold limit for accidental exposure from 50 to 20 millisievert.

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