Agency: Fukushima plant workers should be heard

A government agency overseeing the decommissioning of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is urging the plant's operator to take into account the views of workers in removing radioactive debris, set to start next year.

Each year, the Nuclear Damage Compensation and Decommissioning Facilitation Corporation compiles its technical policy for the plant's decommissioning. This year's plan was recently announced.

It refers to the removal of fuel debris from the plant's No.2 reactor starting next year. It warns that the work will take place in conditions where there is little information about the interior environment and a high level of radiation.

The agency proposes that Tokyo Electric Power Company seriously take into account the views and concerns of on-site workers, such as the operators of machinery used to remove fuel debris.

It calls for the information obtained from workers to be reflected in the design of equipment used to scrap the reactor.

The agency's proposals will be reflected in TEPCO's mid- and long-term schedules for decommissioning the plant.