City Officials Say No Risk From Radiation
Spokane’s Public Information Office just released this statement regarding low radiation levels detected in Washington:
The City of Spokane announced today that state and local agencies have been informed by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) air monitor has detected trace levels of radiation in connection with Japan’s nuclear emergency. The City agrees that the miniscule amounts of radioactive iodine are millions times lower than levels that would be a health concern.
Also because of the distance from Japan and air mixing, the DOH stated that radiation reaching our state is so diluted that there is no risk here, making protective action unnecessary. “The City’s drinking water is withdrawn from an underground aquifer and stored in covered reservoirs, further reducing the risk of exposure,” says Dave Mandyke, Utilities Division Director.
The City will monitor the DOH air data updates and will release any new information as it becomes available. The DOH is hourly monitoring air data and updating the information online at 3 pm. each day, and weekend monitoring will be updated on Mondays at 3 p.m.
For daily measurements, please visit http://www.doh.wa.gov/Topics/japan/monitor.htm. For the release from DOH, please visit http://www.doh.wa.gov/Publicat/2011_news/11-046.htm.?