Oregon Public Health Division Director Mel Kohn released a statement this weekend saying the state is monitoring radiation levels in Oregon following reports of a radiation release at a Japanese nuclear reactor. Given the size of the radiation release and the distance from Oregon, Kohn said he doesn’t see any public health risk to Oregon. (However, several reactors are still facing the threat of meltdown after Friday’s tsunami wiped out the power supply for back-up fuel-rod cooling systems.)
Testing equipment in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska and western Canada did not detect any elevated levels of radiation on Saturday or Sunday morning, and officials in Oregon and at the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission said they do not expect to see radiation from Japan reaching the West Coast.
From the NRC:
“In response to nuclear emergencies, the NRC works with other U.S. agencies to monitor radioactive releases and predict their path. All the available information indicates weather conditions have taken the small releases from the Fukushima reactors out to sea away from the population. Given the thousands of miles between the two countries, Hawaii, Alaska, the U.S. Territories and the U.S. West Coast are not expected to experience any harmful levels of radioactivity.”