MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it has detected slightly elevated levels of radiation in rainwater in St. Paul. The EPA says elevated levels were expected after the March 11 tsunami in Japan and are not dangerous.

The EPA says Sunday the radiation levels are far below the levels of a public health concern.

EPA scientists routinely test precipitation samples from more than 30 sites in the United States. The agency announced Saturday that samples from California and Idaho also showed slightly elevated levels of radiation.

Radioactive substances exist in the air around us, the food we eat, and the water we drink. The mere presence of detectable radioactivity — or even somewhat elevated levels — does not necessarily imply any health risk.

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Comments (11)
  1. funnyrabbit says:

    I am so not worried.

  2. Dale says:

    What was the level? What is a dangerous level?
    Most importantly, why was this info not in the story?

  3. B.A, Hunter says:

    Okay, …”somewhat elevated levels — does not necessarily imply any health risk.” However it does not necessarily mean there is not an elevated health risk from where it was from before the unwanted event. I agree with Dale, that is what are the measurement results? Please disregard this comment i you are no longer of child bearing age and have no concern for the future.

  4. gtV says:

    This story is nothing new. When there are a radiation leaks into the atmosphere, an above ground nuclear weapon test or explosion, and, a nuclear incident like Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, or Japan’s nuke plants natural disaster demolitions winds aloft [IE jet-streams] will carry and the disburse the errant radiation. The farther away you are from the initial source of radiation dispersion the safer the daily background radiation count.

    In the case of the USA and MN, the nuclear incidents in Japan have little or no effect on the daily background counts. In the early 1960’s when the Super Powers were doing above ground nuclear weapon testing, I was part of a high school science project that monitored daily background radiation counts in Cleveland, Ohio.

    The nuclear weapons that released radiation in the Soviet Union, China, the Pacific Ocean (France & US), and the Western USA showed up in our project results as minor spikes in our mean daily counts. Atmospheric nuclear weapons tests within a certain time period in the Northern Hemisphere could be confirmed by radiation counts within the jet-streams and daily weather background counts. However, the daily counts that were spiked will still well below exposure from a medical GI fluoroscopy X-Ray or getting a very minor sunburn.

    As stated previously, the closer you are to the radiation release incident the higher the background radiation count exposure the more serious the concern.

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  6. Jon says:

    I thought I felt my skin burning a little this morning.

    1. Swamp Rat says:

      That’s probably sunburn/windburn if you have been sleeveless outside in the warmer sunny spring weather. Solar UV radiation can do that to you!

  7. naturefreak says:

    and would they tell us if it was dangerous? Really nice, vague reporting.

  8. Angus says:

    As a writer you learn what you leave out is just as if not more important than what you put in.

  9. Netta Johnson says:

    because it was 32 picl
    thats way elevated, they lied.
    check the chart! that does NOT look low to me?