March 31st, 2011 – More surprises…did not hear about this on the 10:00 call – US Military sending Marines specialized in nuclear emergencies to Fukushima Daiichi

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From: Franovich, Mike
Sent: Thursday, March 31, 2011 2:02 PM
To: Ostendorff, William
Cc: Nieh, Ho; Kock, Andrea; Zorn, Jason
Subject: More surprises…did not hear about this on the 10:00 call

US to send emergency response unit to Japan

The US military is sending Marines specialized in responding to nuclear emergencies to Japan to help deal with the trouble at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Japan’s Self-Defense Force Joint Chief of Staff Ryoichi Oriki announced the measure on Thursday.

Oriki said US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has approved the sending of the 140-member Chemical Biological Incident Response Force.

The unit is trained in search-and-rescue operations and clearing highly radioactive nuclear materials.

Oriki said the unit will not necessarily take immediate action, and that the Self-Defense Forces hope to share information with them and study how it can be put into use when needed.

The US military has provided a barge capable of carrying large volumes of fresh water to keep reactors at the plant cool. It has also sent nuclear experts to Japan as part of efforts to resolve the crisis.

Thursday, March 31, 2011 19:36 +0900 (JST)

Mike Franovich
Technical Assistant for Reactors
Office of Commissioner Ostendorff
301-415-1784

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