Visiting U.S. chief nuclear industry regulator expressed the view Monday that the situation at the quake- and tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan “remains serious.”
After meeting with senior officials of the Japanese government and Tokyo Electric Power Co. <9501>, the operator of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko said that the “unprecedented challenge before us remains serious and our best experts remain fully engaged to help Japan address the situation,” according a press release by the U.S. embassy here.
While noting U.S. atomic energy exports have been working closely with their Japanese counterparts, Jaczko also said, “I reconfirmed in my meetings that we are prepared to provide any assistance we can in the days to come.”
The NRC chief arrived in Japan the same day to convey directly his Japanese counterparts a message of support and cooperation, and to address the current situation at the radiation-discharging nuclear plant, according to the news release.