Here’s a Q&A from the California Department of Public Health concerning Japan’s nuclear emergency. I’ll keep you posted if there are any updates:
According to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Japan’s nuclear emergency presents no danger to California. CDPH is monitoring the situation closely in conjunction with our state and federal partners, including NRC, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy, FEMA Region IX, and the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA). At this time, because there is no danger here, there is no need for individuals in California to take precautions such as using potassium iodine tablets.
California has a Nuclear Emergency Response Programs for radiological emergencies if one were to arise. California also adheres to the National Response Framework on radiological emergencies. CDPH has a radiological health branch and routinely tests air, water and the food supply.
Q. What’s the risk for California from the current nuclear power emergency in Japan?
A. At present, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) says Japan’s nuclear emergency presents no danger to California.
Q. What are you doing to assess the risk?
A. CDPH is monitoring the situation closely in conjunction with our State and federal partners. As a precaution, California has radioactivity monitoring systems in place for air, water and the food supply.
Q. What resources does California have to tell if radiation is present in the environment?
Q. Does California stockpile supplies for such an emergency?
A. California does stockpile emergency supplies, including potassium iodine (KI) tablets, in regions around nuclear power plants. Potassium iodine tablets are not recommended at this time, and can present a danger to people with allergies to iodine, shellfish or who have thyroid problems. People who live in areas around nuclear power plants are supplied with potassium iodine potassium iodine tablets in the event of emergency. Potassium iodine tablets should not be taken until/unless directed by authorities.
Q. Should I be taking potassium iodine (KI) to protect myself?
A. No. Potassium iodine (KI) tablets are not recommended at this time, and can present a danger to people with allergies to iodine, shellfish or who have thyroid problems. Dosages can vary and should only be taken as advised by a medical professional.
MyNevadaCounty.com also has posted this on the front door of its website:
“Impact of Potential Radioactive Materials
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has established a public information response line at (916) 341-3947 to answer questions about the impact of potential radioactive materials release to the public’s health in California. The information line is staffed from 8 AM to 5 PM daily. CDPH is preparing materials related to this incident that will be posted on www.cdph.ca.gov, www.bepreparedcalifornia.ca.gov“
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