EPA: Trace levels of radioactivity not a risk

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has identified trace amounts of radioactive iodine, cesium, and tellurium consistent with the Japanese nuclear incident on filters in California and Washington State, but says it is "millions of times below levels of concern.

Preliminary monitor results in Hawaii detected minuscule levels of an isotope that is consistent with the Japanese nuclear incident. This detection varies from background and historical data in Hawaii. This isotope was detected at fixed monitor in Hawaii, and is far below any level of concern for human health.

In a typical day, Americans receive doses of radiation from natural sources like rocks, bricks and the sun that are about 100,000 times higher than what has been detected coming from Japan, according to the EPA. For example, the levels we're seeing coming from Japan are 100,000 times lower than what you get from taking a roundtrip international flight.

The Hawaii State Department of Health confirms that the RadNet monitor located in Honolulu picked up a minuscule increase in radiation levels Monday night.

Background levels fluctuate slightly, but are still considered safe.

Current data from Hawaii RadNet monitors still indicate no risk of harmful radiation exposure.

The Department of Health has sent the sampling filters from monitors here to the EPA laboratory in Alabama for further analysis and confirmation of preliminary findings.

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