Areva has chartered a plane to deliver radiation protection supplies to Japan.
The company, which has a Richland plant, is sending 3,000 activated charcoal protective masks, 10,000 overalls and 20,000 gloves. The aircraft also will carry 100 tons of boric acid, a neutron absorber.
French rescue workers left for Japan early this week with radioactivity detection equipment provided by Areva's subsidiary, Canberra. Equipment in Areva's Tokyo offices already has been made available to the Japanese security teams.
In addition, 1 million euros are being donated to the Japanese Red Cross. Areva's Richland plant manufactures fuel assemblies for nuclear power production.