Radiation From Japan Now Detected In 13 States, EPA To Step Up Milk Monitoring

Radiation from Japan’s damaged nuclear power plant has been detected in a growing number of states. Yet government officials keep telling the American public they shouldn’t be worried. From The Christian Science Monitor’s Mark Clayton yesterday:

Elevated yet still very low levels of radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis have now been detected in the air or water in more than a dozen US states and three territories, federal and local authorities say.

Higher than usual levels of radiation were detected by 12 monitoring stations in Alaska, Alabama, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, and Washington State over the past week and sent to Environmental Protection Agency scientists for detailed laboratory analysis, the agency said in a release Monday.

Unusual, yet still very low “trace amounts” of radiation, were also reported in Massachusetts rain water and by state officials and nuclear power plant radiation sensors in Colorado, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, and Pennsylvania, the Associated Press and Reuters reported.

“Some of the filter results show levels slightly higher than those found by EPA monitors last week and a Department of Energy monitor the week before,” the EPA said in its statement Monday. “These types of findings are to be expected in the coming days and are still far below levels of public health concern.”

The Environmental Protection Agency also announced that it will be monitoring U.S. milk supplies for radiation more often than usual. From the UPI this morning:

A U.S. agency began checking milk supplies as radiation from Japan’s crippled nuclear power plant was detected in the air and water in more than a dozen states.

The Environmental Protection Agency said it typically monitored milk for radiation every three months but would now begin the testing “immediately.”

Sources:

Clayton, Mark. “Traces of Japanese radiation detected in 13 US states.” The Christian Science Monitor. 28 Mar. 2011. (http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2011/0328/Traces-of-Japanese-radiation-detected-in-13-US-states). 29 Mar. 2011.

“U.S. safety after Japanese nuclear crisis.” UPI.com. 29 Mar. 2011. (http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2011/03/29/US-safety-after-Japanese-nuclear-crisis/UPI-71571301387400/). 29 Mar. 2011.

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5 Comments to Radiation From Japan Now Detected In 13 States, EPA To Step Up Milk Monitoring

  1. The above surface nuclear tests that United States and other countries used to do are still a problem. The nuclear “dust” particles are still hovering around the earth atmosphere.

  2. Doable Finance on March 29th, 2011
  3. Thanks for the comment Doable Finance

  4. Editor on March 29th, 2011
  5. Japan’s leaking radiation will become a serous accumulating problem for U.S. food and air quality if Japan’s reactors are not soon encased in cement.

    In most cases nuclear reactors have to be subsidized by taxpayers. When nuclear reactors leak as shown in Japan, it can be hugely expensive; consider Japan’s conservative damage estimates at $330 Billion; more if damaged reactors melt down spreading high levels of radiation. In the U.S. too many nuclear reactors are close to large U.S. populations; 300 miles is close where communities are downwind. In addition to catastrophic health costs, a leaking reactor could for decades destroy the value of real estate of entire cities and shutdown industries. The potential risks of building more nuclear reactors and continuing to operate old reactors in the U.S. cannot be justified considering the potential catastrophic downside of long-term health and financial costs to U.S. Citizens. From a military standpoint, U.S. enemies would only have to target the 100 U.S. plus nuclear reactors to spread deadly radiation to large cities. Nuclear reactors are a losing bet when you consider the downside.

  6. Rwolf on April 2nd, 2011
  7. Thanks for the comment Rwolf.

    “The potential risks of building more nuclear reactors and continuing to operate old reactors in the U.S. cannot be justified considering the potential catastrophic downside of long-term health and financial costs to U.S. Citizens… Nuclear reactors are a losing bet when you consider the downside.”

    Then again, some would argue that risks posed by nuclear energy are justified- due to a potential (inevitable?) energy crunch in the near future where alternative energy sources won’t be online fast enough (no light-swtich here) to offset dependence on fossil fuel. Crude oil at $200, $300 a barrel could also be argued to have a “potential catastrophic downside of long-term health and financial costs to U.S. Citizens.” In an energy crunch, factor in Americans’ short attention-span- especially as it concerns global events- and increasing pain to their pocketbooks, and people will be asking why the country isn’t using more nuclear power.

  8. Editor on April 2nd, 2011
  9. For anyone to build a Nuclear Power Plant in a quake zone is a sign of extreme mental illness. Nuclear power is a very, very risky venture. When these things go, they completely make an entire area of land mass unlivable for hundreds if not thousands of years. I’m sure many will die and birth defects will linger for generations to come.
    Japan played with a Firecracker and it blew up in their face.

  10. Ray on February 29th, 2012

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