SAN FRANCISCO — Federal and state officials have concluded that the small amount of radiation reaching Southern California from Japan’s damaged nuclear reactor pose no significant health risk.
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In a statement from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, officials said that the doses of radiation people are exposed to on a daily basis from the sun’s rays are 100,000 times greater than the level detected at the monitoring sites.
The U.S. Department of Energy said extremely small amounts of the radioactive isotopes iodine-131, iodine-132, tellurium-132 and cesium-137 had reached a Sacramento monitoring station tied to the U.N.’s Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization, but the readings were far below levels that could pose any health risks.
The United Nation’s International Atomic Energy Agency claim that any amount of radiation from Japan would have greatly dissipated by the time it reached US shores over 5,000 miles away.