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Radiation Declines in U.S., EPA Will Stop Reporting

May 21, 1986|Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Radioactivity reaching the United States from the Chernobyl nuclear accident has declined so much that the Environmental Protection Agency said today it will stop reporting radioactivity concentrations at the end of this week.

The agency's daily report on behalf of the interagency task force monitoring Chernobyl developments said that only 12 out of 26 rain samples analyzed by EPA monitoring stations contained iodine-131 and average concentrations were continuing to fall.

However, "it is expected that milk concentrations will peak this week," the agency said.

The agency said the Nuclear Regulatory Commission had found the highest concentration of radioactivity in milk yet reported at Harrisburg, Pa., on May 14, containing 320 picocuries of iodine-131 per cubic liter.

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