March 14th, 2011
02:47 PM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) - White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was joined by administration officials to answer questions about the nuclear power plants in Japan that were damaged after Thursday's earthquake and tsunamis.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko said there is a "very low probability" that harmful radiation levels will reach the United States and other territories.
Jaczko called it a "serious situation," but he and Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman said they don't expect these events will result in any changes in U.S. nuclear power policy.
"From a policy perspective, we will continue to operate our reactors, and seek to operate them safely." Poneman said. "We will continue to seek to build nuclear into a part of a responsible energy future, and we will repose our confidence in the NRC to make sure that we only do so that the extent that It can be done safely."
Jaczko added, "We are an independent regulatory authority and we always keep focus on a day to day basis on the safety and security of nuclear reactors in this country. So if we do get information that would cause us to take action we will take action."
"But at this time we don't have any information that would cause us to do anything any different with our approach with the current reactors. But we will review information as it becomes available," Jaczko said.
The Japanese government has formally requested the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Agency's assistance in responding to the situation at its nuclear power plants.