"Barack Obama Seeks To Reassure On Nuclear Crisis"

"The White House sought Thursday to show it is on top of the Japanese nuclear crisis with a Rose Garden statement and a presidential-ordered review to ensure nothing like the Fukushima Daiichi disaster happens here at home.

Summing up a series of pronouncements his administration has made in recent days, President Barack Obama said in a midafternoon speech that the stricken Japanese power plant “poses a substantial risk” to people nearby, prompting U.S. authorities to contradict Japanese officials and recommend an evacuation for Americans living within 50 miles of the facility."

Darren Samuelsohn reports for Politico March 17, 2011.

SEE ALSO:

"Citing Near Misses, Report Faults Both Nuclear Regulators And Operators" (Green/NYT)

"U.S. Nuclear Plants Store More Spent Fuel Than Japan's" (McClatchy)

"Obama Requests Nuclear Review, Sees Risk In Japan" (Reuters)

"Obama Orders Safety Review Of Nuclear Plants" (CBS News Political Hotsheet)

Source: Politico, 03/18/2011