California Dept of Health Monitoring Radiation Fallout
This post will be updated as new information is gathered.
UPDATE: MARCH 21, 2011: EPA RADNET FOR SAN DIEGO, CLICK HERE
AND MAIN LINK TO JAPAN RADIATION MONITORING WITH LINKS TO WEST COAST STATES, ALASKA AND HAWAII, CLICK HERE
EPA RADNET MAP VIEW, CLICK HERE
UPDATE: MARCH 16, 2011: AQMD Spokesperson Sam Atwood and Dr. Jonathan Fielding, Los Angeles County Health Officer, discuss the health risk posed to Southern Californians from the damaged nuclear power plants in Japan.
UPDATE: MARCH 16, 2011: NY TIMES — A United Nations forecast of the possible movement of the radioactive plume coming from crippled Japanese reactors shows it churning across the Pacific, and touching the Aleutian Islands on Thursday before hitting Southern California late Friday. Click here to view interactive graphic. [see separate complete post]
UPDATE: MARCH 15, 2011 2:30 PM PST: SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday that the nuclear emergency in Japan has dimmed the future of any new nuclear plants in California.
“I think this causes more of a problem,” Brown said as he entered the Sheraton Grand Hotel in downtown Sacramento. “I did oppose nuclear when I was governor because of the earthquake faults along the coast of California. And I’ve said I’m open to discussion on the topic. But I would say that partial meltdown and whatever it’s going to be will give pause to a lot of people.”
Brown said his experts tell him there is no threat at this point to California from radiation escaping from the Japanese site.
“The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says there’s no threat to California, or the U.S. because of distance. But we’re monitoring it closely,” said Kelly Huston of the California Emergency Management Agency.
Huston says his agency, along with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the California Energy Commission, are watching the situation. He said people who buy potassium iodide tablets don’t need to.
One of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s radiation monitoring instruments is located in Sacramento. If there were any unusual readings, they would be passed on to local air quality officials.
“We monitor for ozone precursors,” said Christina Ragsdale of the Sacramento Air Quality Management District. “If there was concern, EPA would notify local districts.”
UPDATE: MARCH 14, 2011 4:30 PM PST: No word today on California monitoring efforts or results regarding potential radiation drift, jet stream drift, or black rain. I think it is time to demand some answers from our officials.
This is from yesterday, March 12, 2011
LOS ANGELES (AFP) – California is closely monitoring efforts to contain leaks from a quake-damaged Japanese nuclear plant, a spokesman said Saturday, as experts said radiation could be blown out across the Pacific.
While officials downplayed any immediate danger, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission deployed two experts to Japan, where the Fukushima plant, which was rocked by a large explosion earlier in the day in the aftermath of Japan’s strongest-ever earthquake.
“At present there is no danger to California. However we are monitoring the situation closely in conjunction with our federal partners,” Michael Sicilia, spokesman for California Department of Public Health, told AFP.
“California does have radioactivity monitoring systems in place for air, water and the food supply and can enhance that monitoring if a danger exists,” he added.