Nuke experts from King of Prussia heading to Japan

This March 12, 2011 photo provided by GeoEye shows the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex in Japan. (AP Photo/GeoEye)

March 15, 2011 5:44:51 AM PDT
A team of local experts is part of the U.S. effort to help Japan stave off a nuclear catastrophe following last week's massive earthquake and tsunami.

According to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, experts from NRC offices in King of Prussia, Pa., have already left for Japan, and will be joined by colleagues from Atlanta and Maryland.

According to the NRC, the team will:

" conduct all activities needed to understand the status of efforts to safely shut down the Japanese reactors; better understand the potential impact on people and the environment of any radioactivity releases; if asked, provide technical advice and support through the U.S. ambassador for the Japanese government's decision making process; and draw on NRC-headquarters expertise for any other additional technical requirements."

The team started on its trip Monday night and is expected to arrive in Japan Wednesday.

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