Nuclear power plant officials from North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida rhave detected low levels of radioactive iodine-131 believed to be from Japan’s crippled Fukushima facility in the air.
Reuters reports that monitors at Progress Energy’s nuclear plants in Hartsville, South Carolina, and Crystal River, Florida, picked up low levels of radioactive iodine-131. So did Duke Energy’s monitors at its two nuclear facilities in South Carolina and the plant in Huntersville, North Carolina.
According to spokesman Drew Elliot of Progress Energy, it’s highly unlikely that the radiation is coming from a U.S. nuclear plant because they aren’t picking up on any other types of radiation in addition to the iodine-131.
“Other nuclear stations throughout the East Coast all started picking this up within the last week,” Elliot told Reuters. “It all points to something coming from overseas.”
At this time, both The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) both say the radiation poses no threat to public safety.
While increased levels of radiation from the damaged nuclear reactor in Japan have not been detected in Virginia, state health officials there are advising residents not to drink rainwater until further notice (InsideNova.com).
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