Radioactive iodine detected by Tampa-area nuclear plant — “Iodine travels through the air very easily”

Published: March 26th, 2011 at 7:09 pm ET
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Progress Energy: Low levels of radiation detected in U.S., WRAL, March 26, 2011 at 5:14 pm EDT

Progress Energy spokesman Drew Elliot said very sensitive equipment at the utility’s Robinson and Crystal River nuclear plants, in South Carolina and Florida, respectively, detected iodine radiation in the atmosphere, but said it did not pose a health threat for U.S. residents. …

Elliot said iodine travels through the air very easily, which is why it can be detected across the world from Japan, but he reiterated that levels were too low to “affect public health or safety.”

An email alert was sent to all nuclear employees, as well as to county and state leaders in the affected areas, on Friday, Elliot said. …

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