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No health risk from Japan radiation

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RICHLAND, Wash. - The fear of radiation continues along the West Coast especially after the nuclear reactor crisis in Japan.

So we wanted to know what would happen if our area was hit with a nuclear crisis.  PNNL Scientists tell us to start off radiation is a part of our everyday life. It's in the food we eat, the air we breathe, the buildings we live in. "You can't see it, you can't touch it, you can't taste it, you can't feel it, but scientists can measure it extremely precisely," said William Morgan, PNNL Scientist.

And although scientists here and abroad, as well as Governor Gregoire, agree that people in the U.S. should not be worried about radiation blowing in from Japan many of them are still buying Potassium Iodide. "People believe it's going to protect them from all sorts of radiation. In reality, it's going to just flood the thyroid with iodine," said Morgan. Morgan says not only is it a waste of time but most people are also allergic to the chemical. He also tells us what would happen if our body was exposed to high amounts of radiation. "We would worry that if there was too much exposure you would die. Then you worry about Leukemia which appears 5-8 years after the exposure and then about 15-20 years later you worry about an on-state of solid cancers," said Morgan.

But Energy Northwest leaders say it's not something we should worry about. As for imports from Japan,  Morgan says that shouldn't worry us either. "I think that we have no concerns in that area because a lot of this is packaged inside, put in boxes, put in containers and then shipped. So I don't think there's any need to panic about using Japanese products."

 

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