Massachusetts public health officials are calming concerns after a test of rainwater in Boston last week found radiation from Japan’s distressed nuclear power plant has made it to the Northeast.
John Auerback, from the Department of Public Health said, “there are no anticipated public health concerns associated with this finding.”
He said, even if you drank the contaminated rainwater you’d see no health effects.
“It is still 25 times less risky than it would need to be in order to cause any health concerns.”
The amount of radiation detected is similar to what passed through the area after the partial meltdown of the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in 1979.
Still, Massachusetts health officials are stepping up the monitoring of air samples, reservoirs and other public drinking water supplies.
But they stress, that is just to be on the safe side.
The Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection said, “I want to underline, we’re doing this testing out of an abundance of caution. We don’t believe there is a problem. None of the data we’ve seen indicates there is.”