State health officials today sought to reassure Wisconsin citizens that harmful levels of nuclear radiation released in Japan are unlikely to reach the Badger state. News accounts of unnecessary concern in west coast states have led some in Wisconsin to wonder if they should be worried about harmful radiation.More >>
MADISON (AP) -- Wisconsin health officials say they don't expect radiation from Japan to reach the Badger state anytime soon if at all.
The Department of Health Services said Thursday that federal officials don't expect any U.S. states or territories to be affected by radiation from damaged Japanese nuclear reactors. Wisconsin officials say residents don't need to be taking any preventative measures for now.
Health officials say they're in close contact with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for updates. The Environmental Protection Agency will also be monitoring radiation levels in the western territories and states.
The Fukushima Dai-ichi plant suffered severe damage following the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that hit eastern Japan on Friday. Several reactors have been leaking radioactive materials after a series of explosions and fires.
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