Society News Archive

1 October 1999

U. S. Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson late yesterday released the following statement from Sarov, Russia regarding the nuclear incident at the uranium processing plant in Tokaimura, Japan.

"Russian Minister of Atomic Energy Yevgeniy Adamov and I today began assembling a joint team of Russian and American nuclear specialists to be ready to provide assistance to the Japanese people in responding to this incident.

"The Department of Energy has experts in several areas which could be helpful including radiological health, atmospheric monitoring, criticality and robots that could be dispatched to the area.

"Although we have not yet been asked to provide assistance, we want them to know that both the Russian and American governments are ready and willing to help."