Health Officials Keep Tabs on Local Radiation Levels

Fred Bodimer

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – No elevated radiation found in Missouri rainwater, resulting from Japan’s nuclear disaster.

That’s according to health officials in the state. Miniscule amounts of radiation — believed linked to the nuclear power plant disaster in Japan — have been found in rainwater samples in parts of Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Nevada and Washington. But nothing here so far.

The Missouri Health Department’s Jacqueline LaPine says the state is working with the EPA to continue monitoring the situation. “They test for a variety of things,” LaPain says.”That includes drinking water, milk, precipitation and also air.”

Health officials add that Americans are exposed to radiation from sources like the sun, rocks and bricks with doses that are one hundred thousand times higher than what has been detected in parts of the U.S. coming from Japan.

(Copyright KMOX)


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