The nuclear sector has sprung into action to screen employees for signs of the novel coronavirus and prepare for potential disruptions to their typical refueling practices in light of pandemic-related travel restrictions. Nuclear generators have been enacting pandemic protocols for weeks to continue protecting their workforce. “We were prepared in advance for a range of challenges and some of those preparations are well-suited to this pandemic,” Matt Wald, Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) spokesperson, told Utility Dive. Several sites must also plan for an influx of 100 or more workers for the cyclical nuclear refueling process scheduled during the spring and fall when demand is lower. As travel is restricted or discouraged and more “non-essential” businesses close down or restrict their hours, utilities are considering the potential limitations of proceeding with refueling outages.
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