In the days after theConstruction Machinery Parts tsunami hit the Fukushima complex, the plant suffered multiple explosions and reactors began to melt down.


Officials from the NRC told Congress that extremely high levels of radiation were being emitted from the impaired plant.


Japanese nuclear experts said winds forced a radioactive plume out to sea, and efforts to keep fuel rods cool using sea water caused tons of radiated water to be dumped into the ocean.


The Reagan was dispatched to take part in relief efforts, arriving the next day. Navy officials say the Nimitz-class nuclear-powered supercarrier stayed at least 100 nautical miles away from the damaged plant, but many sailors have disputed the Navy’s accounting, saying they were so close that they could see the plant.


Among the most noteworthy requests from NMFS is an increase of almost $13.5 million for Section 7 consultations under the Endangered Species Act. Such consultations ensure that a federal project or action does not jeopardize endangered species.


The agency is behind on reviewing permits for everything from dredging to construction, with a backlog that is now nearly 1,100 consultations, Sobeck said. That's largely due to a drastic increase in the number of requested consultations, she said, with no matching increase in staff.


"At the moment, our endangered species consultations are often the choke point for economic and other activities that are desperately needed in all parts of the country," she said, later adding: "We simply need increased resources to do our job right."


Kim Cobb first noticed the whitish hue of the corals around Kiritimati, a large atoll located south of Hawaii, while on a research trip inStainless Steel Precision Casting July of 2015.