No Elevated Radioactive Material in Rainwater: Governor - NBC Connecticut

No Elevated Radioactive Material in Rainwater: Governor



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    In this image taken from footage filmed on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 by Japan Ground Self-Defense Force and released by the Japan Defense Ministry Friday, March 25, the damaged roof of Unit 1 of the tsunami-stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex is seen. Japanese reads: Ground Self-Defense Force troop in charge of Japan's northeastern region (Northeastern helicopter). (AP Photo/Japan Defense Ministry) EDITORIAL USE ONLY

    Low levels of radioactive material were found in rainwater in Massachusetts last week.

    This brought up concerns about how radiation from Japan will affect U.S. residents, but there is no need for concern in Connecticut, Gov. Dannel Malloy said on Monday.

    Officials in Connecticut continue routine tests of rainwater in the state, and the radiation levels remain in the range that is normally seen, he said.

    “There have been a number of reports in the news about low levels of radiation found elsewhere in the country as a result of Japan’s earthquake and subsequent tsunami and its effect on nuclear power plants there,” Malloy said. “But at this point, our routine testing shows no concern for public health. Even in other states where trace amounts of radiation have been detected, it’s not at levels high enough to impact health and welfare. We will continue to be aware and alert while monitoring the situation.”