Radiation In Massachusetts Rainwater Likely From Japan

Radiation Rain Massachusetts

BOSTON — Health officials said Sunday that one sample of Massachusetts rainwater has registered very low concentrations of radiation, most likely from the Japanese nuclear power plant damaged earlier this month by an earthquake and tsunami.

John Auerbach, the Massachusetts commissioner of public health, said that radioiodine-131 found in the sample – one of more than 100 that have been taken around the country – has a short life of only eight days. He said the drinking water supply in the state was unaffected and officials do not expect any health concerns.

Nevada and other Western states also have reported minuscule amounts of radiation, but scientists say those presented no health risks.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health said the in-state sample was taken in the past week, but they did not say where. The testing is part of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency network that monitors for radioactivity.

State officials said similar testing was done in California, Pennsylvania, Washington and other states, and showed comparable levels of I-131 in rain.

Massachusetts testing last week of samples from the Quabbin and Wachusett reservoirs showed no detectable levels of I-131, health officials said.

Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr. directed the Department of Environmental Protection to collect additional samples for testing from several water bodies across Massachusetts. Results will be available over the next several days.

In Japan, mounting problems, including miscalculated radiation figures and inadequate storage tanks for huge amounts of contaminated water, stymied emergency workers Sunday as they struggled to bring the country’s nuclear complex back from the edge of disaster. Workers were trying to remove radioactive water from the nuclear compound and restart the regular cooling systems for the dangerously hot fuel.

Source:  HuffPost Green

Video:  Radioactive iodine-131 DETECTED in rain water – Massachusetts – March 27, 2011

Video:  URGENT – USA / Europe – Radiation and Jet stream FORECAST UPDATE – march 27, 2011

Also, Congressman Ed Markey is suggesting people within a 20 mile radius from a Nuclear plant take potassium iodide as a precaution.  Isn’t that peculiar, just as the EPA is upping the allowable levels?!?  See Here: Group Warns EPA Ready to increase Radioactive Release Guidelines.

I’m with him!!  Better to err on the side of caution!

Related:

Dr. Mercola:  Why 95% of Japanese May Not Suffer from Radioactive Iodine Exposure

Potassium Iodide Runs Low As Americans Seek It Out

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