Radioactive Rain Reaches East Coast :: bottled water for me, but not for Japan:: EPA yet to release contamination levels for California
After drinking an entire pot of coffee made with good ole San Francisco tap water, I sat down with my last warm cup, from the pot, and saw this doozy.
The Bay Citizen reported today, rain with iodine-131 from Japan reached the East Coast. The results for California are due out in the next few days.
I’m definitely worried, if radioactivity has reached Massachusetts, we are in for a bigger dose of the of fallout.
And then I look to Japan. According to NPR, Japan has said it’s safe to drink the tap water and to not rely on bottled water!
In any event, I’m stocking up on bottled water, until we get the California report. While I’m not a fan of bottles, with all the rain we’ve been having it seems like it might be the right thing to do until we get the report for California.
An expert in the Bay Citizen article explains why:
Iodine-131 is among the most toxic particles released during nuclear accidents, according to Daniel Hirsch, a nuclear policy lecturer at the University of California, Santa Cruz. It can build up in thyroid glands, where it can lead to cancer.
“We’ve had immense storms, so there was a large amount of rainfall that potentially brought down a significant amount of radioactivity,” Hirsh said.
And although the radioactive rain has been detected in Massachusettes, the only state, so far, to issue a waring to ‘not drink rain water’ is Virginia.
The Virginia Department of Health has issued a warning to state residents: do not drink rainwater.
From a release issued Sunday:
VDH is advising residents that the state’s drinking water supplies remain safe, but reminds Virginians out of an abundance of caution they should avoid using rainwater collected in cisterns as drinking water.
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While a bit confusing at the beginning, this video clip has more details on Japan lifting their ban on tap water: