Lawmakers seek Fukushima hearing

Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman and Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Ranking Member Paul D. Tonko sent a letter to Chairmen Fred Upton and John Shimkus requesting a hearing to examine recent events at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, including reports that radioactive wastewater and groundwater may be flowing into the Pacific Ocean at a rate of 300 tons per day. 

The hearing would examine any lessons the United States can learn from Japan’s response to this water pollution and seek to confirm that it will not affect the United States, its territories, and other countries bordering the Pacific Ocean.

The full text of the letter is available below and online here.