WESTPORT - A Westport man says he has applied for a job in Japan so that he can help with the repair efforts at its stricken nuclear power plant.

The plant was crippled by the recent earthquake and tsunami and has been teetering on the brink of a meltdown since then.

Sam Vail says he wants to be a part of the solution because he worked on the reactor in 1990. The Westport native says he was a dive technician for a Connecticut-based General Electric subcontractor, and did underwater maintenance work on the GE-built power plant.

Vail says he has applied to be part of a GE emergency team heading to Japan to help repair the reactors and hopes he'll soon find out if he will get to go.

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