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NO HARMFUL RADIATION EXPECTED TO REACH WISCONSIN
MADISONState 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.
"We are closely monitoring the Japanese nuclear reactor accidents
and receiving information from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on
the situation. At this time, we do not believe that protective measures
including potassium iodide (KI) are necessary in Wisconsin," said Dr.
Henry Anderson, State Health Officer. "The NRC does not expect any
U.S. states or territories to experience harmful levels of radioactivity
from the Japanese reactor accidents, so there is no need to seek out
medications such as potassium iodide or the location of fallout
DHS maintains an active environmental radiation monitoring program
around the nuclear plants in or near Wisconsin. The Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) also operates a nationwide radiation monitoring
system, called RadNet, to monitor the nation's air and regularly monitors
drinking water, milk and precipitation for environmental radiation. The
EPA has said it plans to deploy additional monitoring capabilities to
parts of the western U.S. and U.S. territories.
Wisconsin has a well-developed radiological response capability
designed around nuclear plants in and around the Badger state, which
includes detailed incident response plans, equipment, and trained staff.
This response capability is available to assist counties with a
radiological incident of any type. State and federal preparedness
officials conduct 1-2 full nuclear plant emergency preparedness exercises
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Last Revised: March 17, 2011