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CEMP will be testing radiation levels

By Molly Zelvonberger
Posted Mar 28, 2011 in Environment
Scientists weren't surprised that radioactive isotopes from Japan were detected in the Western states. California, Colorado, Hawaii and Washington have also reported tiny amounts of radiation from the Japan accident. The Desert Research Institute plans to release the results of testing.
[]The Community Environmental Monitoring Program (CEMP) is a network of 29 monitoring stations located in communities surrounding and downwind of the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS), formerly the Nevada Test Site (NTS), that monitor the airborne environment for man-made radioactivity that could result from NNSS activities. But as with the other states, scientists say there is no health risk.
An earthquake, measuring 6.5 on the Richter Scale, was pinpointed to 50 miles east of Oshika peninsula in Miyagi prefecture, which is an area still recovering from the devastation of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
So far fear of radiation contamination still continues. The discovery of the highly radioactive water is certain, even if the exact amount of radioactivity is unclear.