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States Radiation Control Agencies Assisting with Health and Safety Concerns Following Japanese Reactor Incidents

As the dynamic events at the Fukushima reactors in Japan unfolded, following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that occurred recently, radiation protection professionals and federal and state agencies in this country were asked to address health and safety concerns of Americans regarding the events.

Japan event statements from the States of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California and Hawaii

Alaska

"The State of Alaska, along with our Federal counterparts, is continually monitoring the situation in Japan regarding their nuclear reactors. According to officials, at this time there is no immediate or anticipated threat of nuclear radiation reaching Alaska. We will continue to monitor the situation and notify the public through regular media channels and this website should the situation change." (Posted 3/15/2011)

Washington

"We don’t expect significant levels of radioactivity in our state, and there’s no health risk. Japan is thousands of miles from our state, and if radioactivity from the reactors there is released to the upper atmosphere it would be thinned-out by the winds before it could reach us. We could see a very small increase in radiation levels — well below levels that would be a health concern. We’re working with federal, state, and local agencies in a coordinated effort to monitor radiation levels in the air and rain water." (Posted 3/18/2010)


Oregon

"No Health Risk to Oregon from Japanese Radiation Events"  (Updated 3/18/2011)

California


http://www.cdph.ca.gov/Pages/CDPHCalEMAstatementMarch152011.aspx
http://calemanews.wordpress.com/2011/03/16/statement-from-california’s-department-of-public-health-and-emergency-management-agency-on-risk-of-radiation-exposure/
"We urge Californians to not take potassium iodide as a precautionary measure. It is not necessary given the current circumstances in Japan, it can present a danger to people with allergies to iodine, shellfish or who have thyroid problems, and taken inappropriately it can have serious side effects including abnormal heart rhythms, nausea, vomiting, electrolyte abnormalities and bleeding." (News release 3/15/2010)

Hawaii

"The DOH Indoor and Radiological Health Branch (IRHB) is closely monitoring information on the radiation release, and with the current size of the release and the distance from Hawaii, no public health risk to the state is expected."  (3/14/2011)

last updated 11/15/2013