Japan’s Nuclear Scare: U.S. To Provide Coolant To Japan

By Scott Sarvay

March 11, 2011 Updated Mar 11, 2011 at 7:33 PM EDT

UNDATED (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - President Obama says he's keeping in touch with Japan's Prime Minister about the potential vulnerability of any nuclear power plants in Japan.

One nuclear plant in particular was severely stressed, raising concerns about a radiation leak.

On a more local level much of the electricity supplied to Fort Wayne comes from Indiana-Michigan Power, from the Cook Nuclear Plant in southern Michigan.

I&M says the plant is built to withstand the effects of a strong earthquake.

I&M Spokeswoman YaVonda Ulfig says, “And that basically that we just don't have backups, we have backups for our backups, and that's very critical, because in the event that we do have a problem with one of our systems, we have alternative means to help get the job done, and to get the job done safely."

About 900 American Electric Power employees work at the plant.

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