Despite Japanese radiation showing up as close to our state as Alabama, Louisiana officials say EPA monitoring stations have not picked up any of it in here.
According to the Department of Environmental Quality's bi-weekly monitoring data from the RadNet network, radiation levels that do register are naturally occurring, or background levels. The levels are well below anything that would pose a health risk and have typically remained unchanged since the Japanese nuclear incident began. Even the radiation linked to Japan that showed up in Alabama are well below unsafe levels.
RadNet is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's nationwide radiation monitoring system. There are more than 100 fixed monitoring sites across the United States. Two of them are in Louisiana – one in Shreveport and one in Baton Rouge.
"The RadNet air monitors across the U.S. show typical fluctuations in background radiation levels. The levels detected are far below levels of concern. As the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has said, we do not expect to see radiation at harmful levels reaching the U.S. from damaged Japanese nuclear power plants," according the EPA website providing information on the Japanese disaster.