Hawaii health officials monitoring radiation risk

Lynn Nakasone
Lynn Nakasone

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Officials from Hawaii's Department of Health told a Senate Health Committee on Monday that the latest samples of drinking water, air, and milk came back negative or practically negative when tested for radiation.

"We had trace amounts of Iodine-131 and Cesium-134 and Cesium-137. The levels were extremely low, they were trace amounts," said Lynn Nakasone, administrator for the department's Environmental Health Services Division. "If you combine all those together, you would have to drink one thousand liters of milk or what equates to 4,000 cups of milk to get at least an equivalent of a dental x-ray."

The Department of Health said it's also monitoring the fish brought to the islands from Japan. Officials said strict rules have been put in place to ban any products coming from prefectures around Fukushima.

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