TEPCO to add more than 4,000 radiation experts

August 18, 2011

The government and TEPCO plan to bring in more than 4,000 experts to measure radiation levels and manage workers' exposure to radioactivity to end the crisis at the quake-crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said it will need more experts to measure radiation levels not only at the Fukushima plant, but in municipalities around the plant where residents will return once evacuation orders are lifted.

Under the plan to bring the nuclear crisis to an end, which was revised on Aug. 17, about 4,000 experts will be trained in radiation measurements and about 250 in exposure management.

TEPCO said it will need more measurement experts in addition to the current corps of about 2,500--1,900 at the company and its affiliates who have already received training and 600 from other electric power companies.

Separately, about 250 workers will acquire more advanced knowledge and manage workers' exposure to radioactivity within the stricken facility northeast of Tokyo.

It is difficult to secure a sufficient number of these experts because they often have to work in areas with high radiation levels.

TEPCO is also trying to find electricians and other engineers through the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum, which is made up of companies involved in the nuclear power industry.

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A resident from Fukushima Prefecture gets checked out for radiation exposure in Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture, on March 15. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

A resident from Fukushima Prefecture gets checked out for radiation exposure in Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture, on March 15. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

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  • A resident from Fukushima Prefecture gets checked out for radiation exposure in Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture, on March 15. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

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