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State: No elevated health risk from radiation in NC

Posted March 31, 2011

— State environmental health officials said Thursday that daily monitoring of radiation levels in North Carolina has found nothing to indicate any public health risk.

The Radiation Protection Section of the Division of Environmental Health began checking this week for radioactive isotopes in the air and water statewide, as well as in samples of milk, shellfish and vegetation.

Last week, both Progress Energy and Duke Energy reported trace amounts levels of iodine-131, a radioactive byproduct of nuclear fission, at some of their nuclear plants. The radiation came from a nuclear reactor in Japan that was damaged three weeks ago by an earthquake and tsunami.

“What we are seeing in this situation is similar to what states across the country, including North Carolina, saw following the 1986 incident at the Chernobyl plant in Russia," Gerald Speight, environmental program consultant in the Radiation Protection Section, said in a statement. "Now, as it was then, these results indicate no risk to public health.”

State officials said someone would have to breathe air with the elevated levels of radiation reported for 2,000 years to get the same exposure as a single X-ray. Still, they plan to continue monitoring radiation levels in North Carolina to see if anything changes in the coming days and weeks.

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  • Malatesting123 Mar 31, 2011

    These are lies. Many types of radioactive contamination, when ingested, lodges into your body/organs, where it becomes a tiny radioactivity factory, destroying your dna, giving you cancer and possibly birth defects in unborn children. Read the literature from REAL nuclear experts. NO amount of radiation is SAFE. Even a tiny amount carries risks, some which cant be fixed. When it comes to Nukes, do not, under any circumstances, trust the government or corporations invested in nuclear power/nuclear weapons. The lies they tell are disgusting. 60 dead from Chernobyl? Try almost a million over the course of 25 years. And noone really knows the long term effects of that radiation on the people of our country. Because, sorry to say, if you were alive in 86', youve got a little bit of chernobyl in you right now.

  • mrlee34 Mar 31, 2011

    Yes I agree with many of the rest of you. They wouldn't tell us it is dangerous....ever. They could care less about the common person.

  • loyalgirl1111 Mar 31, 2011

    Oh how I trust the government to be honest and the media to report the truth.

  • bmg379 Mar 31, 2011

    nuculear power was/is safe,lol

  • hunter38 Mar 31, 2011

    Yeah right....do you really think that the government would tell the truth!!!!!!

  • mep Mar 31, 2011

    Don't believe them... run, hide! Stop breathing and eating!
    Its the only way to be safe......

  • BBWAFRICANWOMAN Mar 31, 2011

    Is the state also testing for plutonium? I have read several articles about plutonium being released in the Fu k ishima region. Is it possible for plutonium to travel from Japan to the US?