CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2011 |
Traces of radioactive iodine have been found in milk from San Luis Obispo, but officials say the amounts are so small that they pose no risk. "People need to realize that really trace amounts do not pose a threat to public health," said Mike Sicilia, a spokesman for the California Department of Public Health. "The levels we detected are nearly 5,000 times less than FDA standards. " The radioactive material is iodine-131, which is produced by nuclear fission. It hadn't been found in California milk samples before fallout from Japan's ravaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant drifted across the Pacific.
August 5, 2007 |
A team of U.N. nuclear inspectors arrived in Japan today to assess the condition of a nuclear power plant severely damaged in an earthquake last month, Japanese officials said. The magnitude 6.8 quake on July 16 caused numerous malfunctions and leaks at the plant and raised safety concerns about Japan's nuclear power stations. Plant officials, who said they had not foreseen such a powerful quake hitting the facility, repeatedly underreported its impact afterward.
March 23, 2011 |
Standing on the deck of his 91-foot trawler, veteran fisherman Tomoyuki Kondou winces over reports that radioactivity from Japan's damaged nuclear power plant in nearby Fukushima has contaminated the local food supply after this month's deadly earthquake and tsunami. The bespectacled third-generation angler has heard the warnings that milk, spinach and other vegetables grown around the plant have been found to contain traces of the radioactive isotopes iodine-131 and cesium-137. Now Kondou and others in Kesennuma worry that radiation from the seaside nuclear plant might also affect the region's long-bustling fishing industry, which provides tuna, oysters, shark, squid and seaweed to restaurants and supermarkets throughout Japan and around the world.