8 Mar 2005

Federated States of Micronesia assured nuclear sub crash didn't harm environment

8:15 pm on 8 March 2005

Authorities in the Federated States of Micronesia say they've been assured by the United States that a nuclear submarine crash didn't harm the environment.

The FSM and the US yesterday held their first joint committee meeting since the USS San Francisco ran aground in Micronesian waters in January, killing one crew member.

A spokesman for the FSM foreign affairs department, John Hadley, says they aired their concerns and were satisfied with the US response.

"These are small islands and something that large could definitely have a great impact, so we were very concerned, and the meeting was successful, and we were pleased to know that there was no environment damage caused to us by the incident."

Mr Hadley says the US will supply Micronesia with the results of its full investigation once it's been completed.