published Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

EPA reports trace of radiation reaches Alabama

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    A detail from a EPA Rad Net air monitoring station is shown Thursday, March 24, 2011, in Portland, Ore. State physicists analyzing Portland air monitors have found traces of radiation in the air connected to leaks at Japan’s damaged nuclear plants. The air monitors are picking up traces of iodine 131, but the radiation carries no health risk. State health officials in Oregon say the trace amounts of iodine 131 are consistent with the amounts being reported in California, Washington state and the west coast of Canada. The diffusion of the radiation from the 5,000-mile journey from Japan diluted the particles. State health officials say West Coast residents should not take preventative measures to combat the traces of radiation.(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Trace amounts of radiation from the damaged Japanese nuclear plant have shown up in eight U.S. states including Alabama, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA said slightly elevated levels of radiation believed linked to the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, which was damaged during the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, have been detected in Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Massachusetts, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Washington. Small amounts also have been found in the Pacific islands of Guam, Saipan and the Northern Mariana Islands.

None of the readings are high enough to pose a threat to the public, said spokeswoman Davina Marraccini.

"This is slightly above (normal) background . and far below health concerns," she said.

The agency's radiation monitoring system is managed by the National Air and Radiation Environmental Laboratory in Montgomery, where the monitor that detected low levels of radiation in Alabama is located.

Doug Neeley, chief of the EPA's Air Toxics and Monitoring Branch, said the monitoring site in Montgomery detected slightly higher than normal background radiation.

"We are seeing the pattern we expected to see," Neeley said. "The winds come from the west toward the east. And we know where this happened and we see it picked up in monitors in the west and moving east."

Kristen Bremer, a spokeswoman for the laboratory, said radioactivity probably will be picked up by most, if not all, monitors in the United States.

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librul said...

Move along - nothing to see here. Oh, and don't BREATHE!

“All of the information media are at fault here I think. They are saying stupid things like, why, we are exposed to radiation all the time in our daily life, we get radiation from outer space. But that’s one millisievert per year. A year has 365 days, a day has 24 hours; multiply 365 by 24, you get 8760. Multiply the 400 millisieverts by that, you get 3,500,000 the normal dose. You call that safe? And what media have reported this? None. They compare it to a CT scan, which is over in an instant; that has nothing to do with it. The reason radioactivity can be measured is that radioactive material is escaping. What is dangerous is when that material enters your body and irradiates it from inside. These industry-mouthpiece scholars come on TV and what to they say? They say as you move away the radiation is reduced in inverse ratio to the square of the distance. I want to say the reverse. Internal irradiation happens when radioactive material is ingested into the body. What happens? Say there is a nuclear particle one meter away from you. You breathe it in, it sticks inside your body; the distance between you and it is now at the micron level. One meter is 1000 millimeters, one micron is one thousandth of a millimeter. That’s a thousand times a thousand: a thousand squared. That’s the real meaning of “inverse ratio of the square of the distance.” Radiation exposure is increased by a factor of a trillion. Inhaling even the tiniest particle, that’s the danger.” -- Hirose Takashi

March 30, 2011 at 1 p.m.
dave said...

The news media has also not commented at ALL on the very poisonous nature of Plutonium. It is the MOST poisonous substance known and only a small amount is enough to kill everything on the planet. Perhaps the vision of the four horses of the apocalypse is coming to pass.

March 30, 2011 at 2:41 p.m.
Sailorman said...

You two wouldn't know a millisievert, or a rad or a rem, if they bit you on the butt. Hysteria is awesome to behold. Why don't you try getting information from somebody who actually knows something rather than an obscure anti-nuke agitator who's grasping for his 15 minutes.

PS I've got some iodine for sale cheap!

"Radiation levels from a nuclear power plant damaged by last week's earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan climbed to 400 millisieverts an hour briefly early Tuesday before falling to safer levels, according to reports.

The most recently observed level was 0.6 mSv an hour, equivalent to about six chest X-rays, after falling from 11.9 mSv six hours earlier, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency, which is monitoring the situation.

The IAEA said the 400 mSv radiation release could have been caused by a fire at a spent fuel storage pond near reactor number four at the the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. The fire has since been extinguished, Japanese authorities said.

"This is a high dose-level value, but it is a local value at a single location and at a certain point in time," the group wrote on its website. "The IAEA continues to confirm the evolution and value of this dose rate."

March 30, 2011 at 3:45 p.m.
dao1980 said...

aaahhhh! We're all gonna die!!

Haha, someday.. at least.

March 30, 2011 at 4:17 p.m.
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