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NRC: More Monitors Moved to West Coast

March 18, 2011

Here is a series of updates:

White House spokesman Nicholas Shapiro did tell the Wall Street Journal this week that incident response plans exist to deal with radiation leaks from nuclear plants, accidents involving nuclear weapons or nuclear weapons production plants and laboratories, or attacks using nuclear devices or “dirty bombs.”

Note: I would like to know what those incident response plans are as I am part of the citizenry.

The NRC is moving more monitoring equipment to California:
“The agency decided out of an abundance of caution to send these deployable monitors in order to get some monitors on the ground closer to Japan,” Jonathan Edwards, director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s radiation protection division, said this week.

The additional monitors are being deployed in response to the ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan, where emergency workers are attempting to cool overheated reactors damaged by last week’s magnitude-9.0 earthquake and tsunami.

Health Day reports:

FRIDAY, March 18 (HealthDay News) — Trace amounts of radiation apparently from the crippled nuclear power plant in Japan have started to reach California, but they pose no health risks, according to news reports.

A diplomat with access to radiation tracking by the United Nations’ Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization told the Associated Press that initial readings are “about a billion times beneath levels that would be health threatening.” The diplomat spoke on the condition of anonymity because the organization doesn’t make its findings public, the news service said.

National Journal reports:

A top Energy Department official said on Friday that the nuclear crisis in Japan does not pose a threat to the U.S., but he deferred to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on concerns over safety and disaster preparedness at U.S. nuclear plants.

“That falls properly within the jurisdiction of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and we are very, very respectful of the lines the Congress drew on that,” Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, when asked about nuclear plants located along the San Andreas Fault in California.

This comes just after California’s two Senate Democrats, Environment and Public Works Chairwoman Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, sent a letter to NRC chief Gregory Jaczko, asking the agency to review the safety of two plants located on the San Andreas Fault – the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, located in San Clemente, and the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant near San Luis Obispo.

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