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  • onedge953 onedge953 Mar 15, 2011 11:09 AM Flag

    Obama and the tsunami ...

    US Energy Secretary Chu: US Firefighting Equipment Used In Japan

    Last Update: 3/15/2011 11:06:13 AM

    (Updates with details on U.S. firefighting equipment in paragraphs three through
    five.)


    By Ryan Tracy
    Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES


    WASHINGTON--Energy Secretary Steven Chu affirmed the safety of U.S. nuclear
    facilities Tuesday, telling a congressional committee that the U.S. has
    "rigorous" regulations to ensure safety.

    Chu said the Obama administration remains committed to safely pursuing a
    "diverse" set of energy sources to meet America's needs and that nuclear was
    included in that mix.

    Chu said Japan has used U.S. firefighting equipment as it fights to keep
    radioactive material from leaking out of a power plant following a massive
    earthquake.

    Reuters reported Tuesday that Japanese utility Tepco said it asked the U.S.
    military to put out a fire at the No. 4 reactor building at the ailing plant.

    Chu also said Tuesday morning the U.S. had shipped "a great deal of monitoring
    equipment" to Japan and that the equipment was set to arrive in about two hours.

    "The administration is committed to learning from Japan's experience as we work
    to continue to strengthen America's nuclear industry," Chu said at a hearing of
    the House Appropriations Committee, according to prepared remarks.

    Chu's statements came as the safety of nuclear power plants in the U.S. falls
    under increased scrutiny following an explosion and leak of some radiation at the
    nuclear plant in Japan.

 
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