April 17, 2020
Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. said Thursday that it is preparing to reduce the number of workers involved in decommissioning the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, in response to the state of emergency being expanded to all 47 prefectures.
About 3,000 employees and staff from partner companies are currently working at the plant to decommission the reactors and other tasks. The reduction in personnel is a measure to reduce the risk of the coronavirus spreading, however, the decommissioning process may be delayed if there is a prolonged reduction in staff.
TEPCO will maintain operations necessary for the stable management of the plant, including the cooling of melted fuel and nuclear fuel pools and the purification of contaminated water.