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Statement by the Press Secretary: Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson to Represent United States in Ukraine (12/12/00)

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                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary
                             (Dublin, Ireland)

For Immediate Release                                      December 12,


     At the request of President Clinton, Secretary of Energy Bill
Richardson will travel to Kiev, Ukraine, and represent the United States at
the official ceremony marking the closure of the Chornobyl Nuclear Power
Plant on Friday, December 15.  The closure represents a major milestone for
Ukraine as well as the United States and other G-7 nations, which have led
the international effort to close the plant.


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