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U.S. Nuclear Chief Sees No Radiation Risk To U.S.

By: KKTV/AP
By: KKTV/AP

The chief of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission says that the radiation being emitted from Japan's most troubled nuclear power plant poses no threat to the United States or U.S. territories.

NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko gave the assurances during a briefing Thursday at the White House, saying that basic science says there can't be any risk.

Jazcko and Dan Poneman, a deputy secretary of energy, also said that it appears that the U.S. advice for Americans within 50 miles of the Fukushima Dai-chi plant to evacuate was prudent.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has also been getting numerous inquiries about potential radiation danger in the United States.

The CDPHE Website also states that there is no indication that the nuclear plant crisis in Japan will cause any significant radiological effect in the U.S. The CDPHE says it is working with other state and federal departments to monitor the continuing developments in Japan, and any changes in risk factors, but at this time say that Colorado residents have little reason to be concerned.

The CDPHE also addresses the question of whether potassium iodide should be taken as a precaution. CDPHE says that potassium iodide is not recommended at this time. People should not take potassium iodide without doctor supervision, so only use potassium iodide if advised by a doctor. Potassium iodide poses a risk to people with allergies to iodine or shellfish, people with hypothyroidism and can harm developing fetuses.

CDPHE also reminds Colorado residents that people are exposed to radiation everyday through cell phones, computers, x-ray equipment and natural materials found in the ground, water and air.

For those with further questions, a toll-free hotline system has been set up. People can call 1-877-462-2911 between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. This hotline is the department's hotline for all health-related questions.

A link to the CDPHE Website is also available below.


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