Gaps in US radiation monitoring system revealed, Associated Press, March 25, 2011:
Part of the nation’s key radiation warning system was out of service as the U.S. braced for possible exposure to the fallout from a nuclear crisis in Japan. …
In California, home to two seaside nuclear plants located close to earthquake fault lines, federal officials said four of the 11 stationary monitors were offline for repairs or maintenance last week. …
Daniel Hirsch, a nuclear watchdog who lectures on nuclear policy at the University of California, Santa Cruz, said he was uneasy about malfunctioning monitors.
“The fundamental concern is that we’re being offered bland assurances that everything is ok but much of the monitoring system was broken,” Hirsch said.
Read the report here.
Published: March 26th, 2011 at 3:21 pm ET