Fukushima Radiation A Concern In Oregon

    June 29, 2014
    Ellisha Rader Mannering
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The radiation from the Fukushima disaster could be making its way into water in the United States.

Water is tested on a regular basis and trace amounts of radiation was expected to hit the United States by this time.

Experts assured American citizens that the small amount of radiation that would find its way into the water would not be enough to harm anyone.

Now, some residents in Oregon are not sure if that is true.

Many organizations and individuals have decided to start testing their own water to determine exactly how much radiation is in it and if it is safe to be used and consumed.

“The predicted modeling shows that we should start to see it coming along our coastline at very low levels,” said Lisa Phipps, executive director of the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership said of the radiation. “When we took this on, it wasn’t to incite any kind of fear in people. It is a data collection effort.”

The Tillamook Estuaries Partnership is concerned that the radiation is not only harmful to people, but could also disrupt the delicate ecosystems of the estuaries and watersheds in western Oregon.

Many individuals have teamed up to test the waters in the area and to make sure the radiation is not present or harming the fish, wildlife or people living in Oregon and along the west coast.

“We’ve been worried about it and worried about it,” said Zac Adams, who owns a construction company in Brandon, Oregon. “We’re really concerned about it affecting the fisheries, the wildlife, the tourism and most importantly our health.”

Do you think the Fukushima radiation will start showing up in the water of the United States and do you feel like it is safe to drink the water even if only small amounts of radiation are present?

Image via Wikimedia Commons

  • Leo

    What a nothing story about the worst radiation catastrophe ever experienced in recorded history which has been a chronic situation FOR OVER THREE YEARS now. If our society was awake most of the news would be filled with things Fukushima. The reactor cores have melted into the earth over there in Japan but our society and government does not deem that as news worthy.

  • Alejandro

    First, we need to know how the waters from Fukushima could arrive to Oregon. After that, we want to know the levels or radiation allowed for human health. Then we need a plan of emergency.

  • jim

    why worry about radiation from Japan when we have numerous nuclear power plants with untold problems accidenta which are much closer to home?

  • Sue

    What a worthless article! What has initial testing showed? What are safe levels? Why not more about fish showing levels other than a picture caption? The author needs to go back to school!

  • billrowland

    Parts of California coastlines are testing 300 times above normal.

  • http://www.akc.org/breeds/german_shepherd_dog/index.cfm Leedog

    Japan better start writing some checks.

  • $95049642

    I have a few friends in Oregon and they tell me that there’s NOTHING being reported in the local media about this. State officials have repeatedly told the public that there’s no reason to be concerned.
    Yeah, right…

  • Michelle

    uhhh, it’s a concern EVERYWHERE!!!