Seminar Details

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Response to the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Emergency

David Bowman, NNSA/DOE
Wednesday, January 25, 4:10 PM - Nuclear Science Seminar
NSCL Lecture Hall

The U.S. Department of Energy responded to the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear emergency by deploying a technical team consisting of approximately 35 people and 17,000 lbs of equipment to Yokota Air Base outside of Tokyo. DOE retained a presence in Japan from mid-March until the end of May assessing the consequences of the release of radiation from the damaged plants and providing technical advice to U.S. and Japanese Government officials. This talk will provide background information on the missions and capabilities of the DOE Office of Emergency Response and describe our efforts in support of the Fukushima Dai-ichi crisis. In recognition of our work in Japan, DOE team members were recognized by Secretary Chu as recipients of the 2011 Secretary’s Achievement award for meritorious service to the Department and the Nation.