Dear Mrs. H:
Thank you for contacting me regarding the Fukushima nuclear power plant. I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.
As you know, on March 11, 2011, the magnitude 9.0 Tohoku undersea earthquake occurred off the coast of Japan, triggering a tsunami. This terrible natural disaster left thousands dead and had many consequences on Japan's infrastructure, including but not limited to a nuclear accident at the Fukushima power plant. While the reactors have since been stabilized, there are a number of concerns with radioactive water from the plant leaking into the Pacific Ocean.
Recently, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz expressed that the U.S. Department of Energy stood ready to assist Japan with the cleanup of the Fukushima nuclear power plant if needed. Please know that I am working with my colleagues, leaders in the Obama Administration, and Washington state agencies to closely monitor the cleanup operations at the plant. I will continue to make sure Americans get clear information about the impact of the crisis in Japan and findings from the review of U.S. nuclear power plants.
Once again, thank you for contacting me regarding this important issue. If you would like to know more about my work in the Senate, please feel free to sign up for my updates at http://murray.senate.gov/
Sincerely, Patty Murray
United States Senator