EPA: Expect More Radiation in Rainwater

rainForbes – by Jeff McMahon

The Environmental Protection Agency yesterday reported finding elevated levels of iodine-131, a product of nuclear fission, in rainwater in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. The levels exceed the maximum contaminant level (MCL) permitted in drinking water, but EPA continues to assure the public there is no need for alarm:

“It is important to note that the corresponding MCL for iodine-131 was calculated based on long-term chronic exposures over the course of a lifetime – 70 years. The levels seen in rainwater are expected to be relatively short in duration,” the agency states in a FAQ that accompanied yesterday’s brief news release.  

“In both cases these are levels above the normal background levels historically reported in these areas.”

EPA said it is receiving “verbal reports” of higher levels of radiation in rainwater samples from other states as well, and that Americans should continue to expect short-term contamination of rainwater as radioactive isotopes spread through the atmosphere from Japan.

“We continue to expect similar reports from state agencies and others across the nation given the nature and duration of the Japanese nuclear incident.”

EPA is analyzing rainwater samples taken from 18 monitoring stations around the nation, promising to release results soon. It is stepping up sampling of rainwater, drinking water, and milk.

The Food and Drug Administration released a statement on milk Saturday:

At this time, theoretical models do not indicate that harmful amounts of radiation will reach the U.S. and, therefore, there is little possibility of domestic milk being contaminated as a result of grass or feed contamination in the U.S. FDA, together with other agencies, is carefully monitoring any possibility for distribution of radiation.”

EPA also maintains 140 air monitoring stations. Those have detected radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in five Western states: California, Colorado, Hawaii, Washington, and, as of yesterday, Nevada.

The isotopes detected in Western states have been found in minuscule amounts, officials say, much too small to threaten health. Scientists trace the isotopes to Japan because they are products of nuclear fission—iodine-131, xenon-133, and cesium-137.

“Unless you have an accident like this, you wouldn’t expect to see this. No doubt it’s from Japan,” Ted Hartwell, manager of the Desert Research Institute’s Community Environmental Monitoring Program, told theAssociated Press.


5 thoughts on “EPA: Expect More Radiation in Rainwater

  1. WTF?? So now we should be worried about radiation from Japan when the MSM said two years ago that it would never reach us and there’s nothing to worry about and all of a sudden, one day, two years later, we just throw in a news article about too much iodine 131 in rainwater across the country and say, “Oh yea, it’s from Japan.”. WTF!!!

    And then say that even though it exceeds the maximum contamination level limit, that we can still drink the water.


    I’m completely speechless. I really am. How do these people live with themselves or sleep at night? It’s a MAD MAD MAD MAD World, I tell ya!

    1. The cardinal rule, NC, is that whatever the MSM says, flip the script 180 degrees, and you have the truth.

      Works every time.

      1. Well, I know that. I’m just saying that they are blatantly just throwing it out there, despite what they said before and acting like it is nothing new and the sheeple just continue to eat it up. How they live with themselves and sleep at night just boggles the mind, dude.

  2. The article is dated 03/28/2011 and is old information. We have already been radiated! I went all the way to the Forbes site and to their link to the EPA, also a March 2011 alert.

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