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LOCAL CONCERNS OVER FUKUSHIMA RADIATION


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Bruce Smith of The Mountain News
submitted this story he wrote, of note to Yelm Community Blog readers:

“A flurry of press releases from a private nuclear energy watchdog group – Heart of America Northwest, which is based in Seattle has sparked a renewed inquiry into the amount of radiation the Pacific Northwest has received from the nuclear incident in Fukushima, Japan.

At the time of the partial meltdown of radioactive materials in Japan, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Washington state Department of Health (DOH) repeatedly assured American citizens that radioactive fallout from Fukushima was minimal in our area, and had not generated any health risks, particularly in milk or drinking water.

However, Heart of Americas review of the actual data collected by the EPA and DOH reveals amounts of Iodine-131 falling in Pacific Northwest rainwater that have raised concerns in some quarters…

At the heart of the issue is the question of how to interpret the findings, made problematic by the apparent lack of clearly defined and agreed-upon health standards for a variety of radioactive components found throughout the ecosystem and food supply, such as air, rain, pasture lands, crops and milk.”

Read more from Smith’s story in The Mountain News.

Posted by Steve on July 24, 2011 at 5:30 am | Permalink

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