Samples turn up toxins in the air, Boston Herald, April 22, 2011:
The concentration of radioiodine found in the most recent air sample, taken last week, was 0.046 picocuries per cubic meter, down from 0.0552 the previous week, health officials said. [...]
“Based on what we’ve seen thus far, there continues to be no public health risks,” said Julia Hurley, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Public Health. “Until the situation in Japan stabilizes, Massachusetts and other states may continue to see slight levels, but we don’t anticipate any concerns for public health.” [...]
Because of extensive rainfall, officials collected two rainwater samples the week of April 4, detecting 15 picocuries per liter of radioiodine in one sample and 23 picocuries per liter in the other.
But [Massachusetts Department of] Public Health Commissioner John Auerbach has said drinking-water supplies are “pretty safe” because none of Massachusetts’ cities or towns rely on rainwater as a primary source of water.
Read the report here.
Published: April 22nd, 2011 at 8:16 pm ET