Radioactive particles from Fukushima found in Massachusetts rain — “25 times less risky than it would need to be in order to cause any health concerns” (VIDEOS)

Published: March 28th, 2011 at 7:55 am ET
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Radiation In Mass. Rainwater Likely From Japan, Officials Do Not Expect Health Concerns, AP, March 27, 2011:

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Health officials said Sunday that one sample of Massachusetts rainwater has registered very low concentrations of radiation… radioiodine-131…

[John Auerbach, the Massachusetts commissioner of public health] said the drinking water supply in the state was unaffected and officials do not expect any health concerns. …

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health said the in-state sample was taken in the past week, but they did not say where. …

Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr. directed the Department of Environmental Protection to collect additional samples for testing

Read the report here.

Low Concentrations Of Radiation Found In Mass., WCBV ABC 5, March 27, 2011 at 6:45 pm EDT:

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None of cities and towns rely on rainwater as their primary source of water… that’s why were so comfortable saying the drinking water is safe” – John Auerbach, Massachusetts commissioner of public health

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wYz4fxIEpg

Radiation from Japan shows up in Massachusetts, NECN, March 27, 2011 at 9:22 pm EDT:

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…John Auerback, from the Department of Public Health said, “there are no anticipated public health concerns associated with this finding.” …

“It is still 25 times less risky than it would need to be in order to cause any health concerns.” …

The Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection said, “I want to underline, we’re doing this testing out of an abundance of caution.  We don’t believe there is a problem. None of the data we’ve seen indicates there is.”

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5 comments to Radioactive particles from Fukushima found in Massachusetts rain — “25 times less risky than it would need to be in order to cause any health concerns” (VIDEOS)

  • LEVELS OF RADIATION are below detection ????? WTF


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  • Don'tWanttoGlowintheDark!

    How about testing ASAP for Plutonium, Cesium,and Strontium???!!! They have a much longer half-life and potassium iodide won’t help you much with those killers!!…
    Also, it is misleading to say that it’s not a dangerous level…YET!, because these levels are cumulative and build-up the damage to your thyroid. At the triage rate for correcting meltdown of these 4 nuclear reactors, the radioactive particles will just keep on coming and building up in the soil and water tables…all the way to Mass!!! I honestly thought the east would be safer due to dispersion.


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  • xdrfox

    They know to test for short lived and report on them, much of the public does not think past what they are told via media.
    If they find one there are more, the many types of material being emitted some heavy some light and it’s accumulative !
    If ones half life is a week and you get it 7 days a week month after month and they did say it may take months to fix the reactors from emitting, it is steady and “no half life” for new dose each day or day or two !


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  • xdrfox

    Iodine-131 has a half-life of eight days and is quite dangerous to human health. If absorbed through contaminated food, especially milk and milk products, it will accumulate in the thyroid and cause cancer. Located near the base of the neck, the thyroid is a large endocrine gland that produces hormones that help control growth and metabolism.

    Dr. von Hippel of Princeton said the thyroid danger was gravest in children. “The thyroid is more sensitive to damage when the cells are dividing and the gland is growing,”

    http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/japan-quake-danger-posed-by-radioactivity-hard-to-assess-91291


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  • Kapek

    So, this likely means that when radiation leak in Japan gets 25 times higher then it will be a concern of a health risk in Massachusetts.


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