Archive for Thursday, April 7, 2011

Tiny bit of radiation from Japan’s nuclear plant reaches Kansas; officials say residents’ health not at risk

April 7, 2011


— State officials said Thursday that “minuscule” levels of radiation from the damaged nuclear power plant in Japan have been detected in Kansas but posed no health threat.

“We understand the concern Kansans may have,” said Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, who is also a surgeon. “What we are seeing is a minuscule blip on the meter. The consensus remains from international, national and state health experts that this does not pose a health risk to Kansans,” Colyer said.

The magnitude-9.0 earthquake and ensuing tsunami that struck Japan on March 11 started a nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Dai-chi facility. Explosions rocked two reactor buildings resulting in the release of dangerous nuclear radiation.

The Environmental Protection Agency, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and other federal agencies in the United States have been monitoring the situation.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment conducts a wide variety of soil, air, water, vegetation and animal life samplings on a weekly and quarterly basis.

KDHE Secretary Robert Moser, who also is a physician, said the elevated levels of radiation in the United States, including Kansas, were expected.

“While these levels are well below any need for public concern, we are working with county health departments in case Kansans have any questions,” Moser said. “We will also continue to monitor our state’s environment and report future spikes in these levels if they were to occur,” he said.

Kansas Agriculture Secretary Dale Rodman said the Kansas food supply is safe and secure.

The Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Department of Agriculture has been working on the situation with the Japanese government to ensure imported food is safe to eat, officials said.

Officials advised Kansans against taking potassium iodide, which can block radioactive iodine. Potassium iodide is only appropriate when one is close to an incident at a nuclear facility, they said.


somedude20 7 years, 1 month ago

Never trust the Government as they lie. They are lying now and yes, this radiation is so harmful to us. Hair can fall out, can make you sterile, tooth (yes tooth this is still KS) loss. It can also make you lazy and fat and live off of social welfare (I am already seeing the effects of that with others) and if you are exposed to it long enough, you will end up looking like Dick Cheney. Remeber, they use to say that smoking was good for you

jhawkinsf 7 years, 1 month ago

Since I'm already bald, will it cause my hair to grow back? Will it glow in the dark? That would be way cool.

Grump 7 years, 1 month ago

It will sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids. No wait . . . that's fluoride. Never mind.

Clark Coan 7 years, 1 month ago

Hey, wait a minute, Scott, Please give us the normal background levels and the new levels. Also, name the types of radiation. How can we make an informed decision?

Shane Garrett 7 years, 1 month ago

As an RSO I can only say this... Time, Distance and Shielding are your best defenses. So run like heck with a sheet of lead strapped to your back. Just kidding, but everyone should stop eating cow meat. Cause that will cause the prices to drop then I could afford some good prime choice rib eyes.

Paula Kissinger 7 years, 1 month ago

"Tiny bit" this like being a "little bit" pregnant ?

Majestic42 7 years, 1 month ago

Apples and oranges, how do THEY work?

Randall Barnes 7 years, 1 month ago

A LITTLE STORM CHASER HUMOR....... so this weekend when on the chase and you see the green sky...ask yourself is that hail or radiation.

jcpainting 7 years, 1 month ago

OMG! how stupid, why bother to worry lawrence/kansas folks? pointless

compmd 7 years, 1 month ago

particle physics, alpha and beta decay, isotope stability

you cant explain that!

Liberty275 7 years, 1 month ago

Does anyone know if we are all going to die?

Tristan Moody 7 years, 1 month ago

To see what kind of radiation they're talking about, look at this chart:

We're at levels barely above background radiation levels.

Majestic42 7 years, 1 month ago

Thank you. Extremely helpful in quelling the crazy.

Tristan Moody 7 years, 1 month ago

It's a nice chart, but the logarithmic scale doesn't really communicate the vast difference in magnitude as well.

Michael Rowland 7 years, 1 month ago

I've got a question for the news media in general: if there's radiation from Japan reaching us, but the amounts are too small to be worth mentioning, why mention it? Even though you say outright that it's not a health problem, it's still going to freak people out.

Majestic42 7 years, 1 month ago

Agreed. Some will read the headline and immediately prepare for widespread panic and looting.

John Hamm 7 years, 1 month ago

If this was from a US plant the headlines and reaction from public and governmental agencies would be a wee bit different..... What's actually going on here?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 1 month ago

Actually, radiation exposure is cumulative. So while for most people the additional radiation from this accident will be insignificant, for one or two out of a million, it might be just enough to be the straw that breaks the proverbial camel's back.

somedude20 7 years, 1 month ago

I eat radiation for breakfast because I am still winning!!!! I win here, I win there and I will live forever bahahahahahahahaha bahahahahahahahah bahahahahahah...still winning bahaha

mloburgio 7 years, 1 month ago

break out the lead umbrellas. Fukushima Potential Releases, Xe-133 Total Column for April 6-April 11, 2011, Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU), April 7, 2011:

Bobo Fleming 7 years, 1 month ago

Iodine tables are now $300 per bottle. Somebody is making money off this.

Kontum1972 7 years, 1 month ago

OMG .....the governor and kris kobach just declared war on japan....

yourworstnightmare 7 years, 1 month ago

Dilution is the solution.

The problem with nuclear energy is that they concentrate radioactive material normally found in the earth to make the fuel rods.

You likely get more radiation exposure from your fluorescent hands and numbers on your watch.

Curtis Lange 7 years, 1 month ago

Oh no! Am I going to die?! Where do I get iodine tablets NOW?

Christine Anderson 7 years, 1 month ago

Some of you seem to think this is funny. It is not. By the way, Colyer is a plastic surgeon, so uh, just where would he get the expertise to say the levels of radiation detected are not harmful?

Jan Rolls 7 years, 1 month ago

Maybe it's from burlington. Does radiation have id tags with labels that say made in japan?

Pete Kennamore 7 years, 1 month ago

Did you know that a full 6% of the energy generated in the reactor core at a nuclear power plant escapes and there is NOTHING that can stop it? Particles from Wolf Creek are streaming through your body. Well not right now as they are down for a maintenance outage.

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