Some Radiation-Tracking Air Monitors May Not Be Working Properly, EPA Says

Posted: March 26, 2011 in US News

Jim Snyder
Bloomberg
March 26, 2011

Eight of 18 air monitors in California, Oregon and Washington state that track radiation from Japan’s nuclear reactors are “undergoing quality review,” according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s website.

A sufficient number of devices are working and can measure any changes in radiation levels from the damaged Fukushima Dai- Ichi reactors, said Ronald Fraass, director of the EPA’s National Air and Radiation Environmental Laboratory in Montgomery, Alabama.

“What we are seeing is not a problem,” Fraass said today in a telephone interview.

The U.S. hasn’t detected levels higher than what a person receives from exposure in the normal environment and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has said it doesn’t expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the U.S. from Japan.

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