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Radiation data from 36 air monitors around Los Alamos still not released, “should be available soon” — Feds say preliminary sampling showed no ‘dangerous’ or ‘significant’ levels

Published: July 8th, 2011 at 10:55 am ET
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Tests show normal radiation exposure rates near Las Conchas, Taos News, July 7, 2011:

[...] Concerns have been raised about potential contaminants in the smoke from Las Conchas, but preliminary tests have found “typical” radiation exposure rates. [...]

The ASPECT [Airborne Spectral Photometric Environmental Collection Technology, operated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Defense] mission report states no dangerous levels of radiation were found in the surveyed areas. [...]

The survey reported “no significant radiological detections.” However, the ASPECT report did not include chemical data. [...]

Environment Department spokesman Jim Winchester said the ASPECT data is the “first round” the department is receiving, and data from the 36 air monitors should be available soon. He said analysis of filters in the air monitors will give the department a “snapshot” of what was happening on specific days during Las Conchas fire.

“We are going to be getting more specific chemical analyses,” he said. “Those (air monitors) have a seven-day turnaround time.” [...]

It’s been more than 10 days since fire began threatening the Los Alamos lab:

Raging wildfires only 1 mile from nuclear lab at Los Alamos force evacuation — “Officials insist that radioactive material is secure” – June 27th, 2011 at 09:28 am EDT

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