September 18, 2018

Japan Radiation Found in Milk, EPA Boosts Radiation Monitoring

The EPA released a statement Wednesday indicating that 0.8 pCi/L of iodine-131, a radioactive isotope (radionuclide) from the Fukushima nuclear reactor in Japan, damaged by the massive earthquake and tsunami, in milk samples taken in Spokane, Washington as part of the EPA’s RADNET radiation monitoring program:


Results from a screening sample taken March 25 from Spokane, Wash. detected 0.8 pCi/L of iodine-131, which is more than 5,000 times lower than the Derived Intervention Level set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. These types of findings are to be expected in the coming days and are far below levels of public health concern, including for infants and children. Iodine-131 has a very short half-life of approximately eight days, and the level detected in milk and milk products is therefore expected to drop relatively quickly.

While radiation has been detected across the United States already, this is the first confirmed instance of the detection of radioactive isotopes in the milk supply.

Radiation in Milk

Radiation in milk discovered in Spokane, Washington, according to EPA announcement.

Iodine-131, a radioisotope, has been detected in east coast states ranging from Florida up to Massachusetts in addition to states in the western United States, like Oregon, Colorado, and California.

The EPA also announced that they will be increasing their RADNET radiation monitoring of the air, rainwater, milk supply, and other sources.

Government officials state that this level of radiation is “minuscule” and is safe for humans, including infants.

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