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    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)— Electric utilities in North Carolina and South Carolina report they have detected trace radiation from Japan's nuclear reactor accidents that followed an earthquake and tsunami.
    Progress Energy and Duke Energy in North Carolina and South Carolina Electric and Gas Co. all operate nuclear plants and say they have detected trace amounts of radiation.
    Nuclear experts and health officials say there is no public health risk. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says people are exposed to much more radiation on an international airline flight.
    Progress Energy of Raleigh said it picked up very low levels of iodine-131, a radioactive byproduct of nuclear fission, at its Robinson nuclear plant in South Carolina and a Florida plant. The company expects to detect similar levels near Raleigh and Wilmington this week.

    The 12ga.... It's not just for rabbits anymore.

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    As long as it remains "low levels of I-131", we are fine. Did they define "low levels"?
    "If Howdy Doody runs against him, I'm voting for the puppet." - SkyOwl's Wife, 2012


    • #3

      They seem content in just saying that you would get a higher dose on an international flight... Of course that's not defined either:(
      Kind of makes you wonder what's going on with the International flights:eek:

      I'm sure it's far worse than they'll ever tell us. It always is.
      Below is a RAD map depicting doses received by Americans from the 50's-60's Nevada tests... Of course the source sells Potassium Iodide tablets and gieger counters, so the info may be somewhat subjective.

      From the article:
      We also saw this thyroid radioiodine connection with our own Nevada atomic bomb testing program in the 1950s and early 1960s. The National Cancer Institute Study Estimating Thyroid Doses of I-131 Received by Americans From Nevada Atmospheric Nuclear Bomb Tests 'worst case' estimate is that fallout from nuclear weapons testing here likely generated from 10,000 to 75,000 cases of thyroid cancer. Each year, more than 12,000 Americans find out they have thyroid cancer, though from various causes. About 1000 here in the U.S. die from it annually.
      Entire article:
      Last edited by slowz1k; 03-29-2011, 10:08 AM.
      The 12ga.... It's not just for rabbits anymore.


      • #4
        Odd... Yes, I saw this reported on WRAL (Raleigh). How do they determine that the excess radiation came from Japan? Odd, that the testing was vicinity operating plants here... Odd, that the detonation of two atomic weapons in 1945 and subsequent radiation released from those blasts appears to have had no effect on mainland USA since. Media hyperbole... bad news=better ratings. Personally, I would more concerned about the amount of prescription (and non-prescription) drugs flushed into the water supply everyday and the long term effects thereof. Just my two cents...

        Long Hunter


        • #5
          I was on another forum and people were freaking out about the radiation, think they were seeing themselves in an "On The Beach" situation.

          Reminded them that the nuclear powers in the world have exploded over 2000 nuclear weapons, mostly above ground and we aren't dead, yet. Looking for the nifty chart I saw that lays out comparisons of exposures. Will get a link for you.

          Here's that link: That airplane flight is in the blue area.
          Last edited by Skyowl's Wife; 04-05-2011, 07:01 PM.
          "If Howdy Doody runs against him, I'm voting for the puppet." - SkyOwl's Wife, 2012


          • #6
            The people freaking out have been driving me nuts too. My husband, who is a nuclear engineer, asked the same thing "radiation in Boston? how did they know it's from Japan? Did it fly over the rest of the county so it could see Boston? Did the molicules have an Asian appearance or something?".....I got sick of it on one forum and said "we're preppers, come on people! no panic, research the info from some one other than the anti nuke folks!"
            Gah! the misinformation out there is astounding and people just keep passing it on and making the panic worse.


            • #7
              The reason us tick infested red necks know it is from Japan is that there have been records kept at the 1000's of Rad monitoring stations for decades that establish there were no historicaly recent leaks of fison produced isotopes, no I-131 which has a 56 day life span.
              Yes the I-131 is in the jet stream @50,000 feet and it DID indeed float over from Japan.
              I'm not worried about 131, I'm worried about the isotopes the media/govt is not reporting.
              As to not worring about Fall-Out: When you can tell me you have inhaled a Plutonium infused speck of dust that shows up on an X-Ray like a spot light and your still not worried, then we can have a conversation.
              The road to serfdom is paved with free electric golf carts.