Dow Chemical Offers Millions In Aid To Japan 3-25-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Dow Chemical Offers Millions In Aid To Japan 3-25-2011

Dow Chemical announced Friday the company will make a donation of up to $6 million in humanitarian aid in response the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck Japan on March 11.
The company will donate $2 million to the city of Soma Community Rescue Fund; up to $3 million to the Soma region in Dow product, technology and financial resources for long-term rebuilding and is developing a plan to offer employees a matching grant opportunity of up to $1 million.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan, including our Dow family, communities and partners, who are coping with the aftermath of last week’s devastating earthquake and tsunami,” said Andrew Liveris, Dow chairman and CEO. “It’s clear that the need for assistance is paramount in Japan, so we hope our contributions can help expedite emergency response and the country’s efforts to rebuild.”
Meanwhile, Japan's prime minister says the situation at the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant remains "grave and serious."
In a televised address Friday evening, Naoto Kan warned that "we are not in a position where we can be optimistic. We must treat every development with the utmost care." He also apologized to farmers and business owners around the plant for damage caused.
Nuclear safety agency officials said Friday they suspected a breach in the reactor core of one unit at the plant. The complex was damaged by a March 11 earthquake and tsunami. That could mean more radioactive contamination in the environment.
The uncertain situation halted work at the plant, where dozens had been trying to stop the overheated plant from leaking dangerous radiation.
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