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Too Little. Too Late?

Speaking Tuesday at a session of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Peter Lyons, an acting assistant energy secretary in charge of nuclear power, said the United States was sending remote-controlled "radiation-hardened robotics" to Japan to help resolve the crisis at the Fukushima complex.

A robotic device that can withstand extremely high levels of radioactivity has been shipped to Japan from the Energy Department's Idaho National Laboratory, along with several cameras to take photographs inside the nuclear power plant, according to an Associated Press report.

Lyons said the Energy Department will also send about 40 employees and 7 metric tons of equipment necessary to carry out the work.

This might have been of some use on March 21, if there were some switches that needed to be thrown in a control room, etc. Perhaps it will still be of use. It is likely that there is a lot more in the 7 metric tons of equipment that will go along. The two week delay in offering/accepting/sending this is just astounding.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Mar 31st, 2011 at 09:53:39 PM EST

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