meltdown http://michiganradio.org en Michigan: Testing for radiation since 1958 http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-testing-radiation-1958 <p>The state agency charged with monitoring radiation at Michigan&rsquo;s three nuclear reactors has so far not recorded any increased radiation coming from Japan. <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/03/14/134528211/japan-nuclear-plant-hit-by-second-explosion">Japan&rsquo;s troubled nuclear reactors</a> might be a half a world away, but it wouldn&rsquo;t be the first time a nuclear accident overseas had an effect on Michigan.&nbsp;</p><p>The state of Michigan has been monitoring radiation levels since January of 1958. Ken Yale is the acting chief of the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/deq/1,1607,7-135-3312_4120---,00.html">Department of Environmental Quality&rsquo;s Radiological Protection Section</a>. His office monitors radiation levels at Michigan&rsquo;s three nuclear plants (<a href="http://www.dteenergy.com/nuclear/">Fermi 2</a>, <a href="http://www.cookinfo.com/default.asp">DC Cook</a> and <a href="http://palisadespowerplant.com/">Palisades</a>). He says the last time his office recorded abnormal radiation readings was back in the mid-1980&rsquo;s, at the time of<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chernobyl_disaster"> the Chernobyl nuclear accident</a> in the Ukraine.</p><p>Experts do not expect a &lsquo;Chernobyl&rsquo; level of radiation release from the Japanese reactors, due to improved containment technology. Mon, 14 Mar 2011 15:47:12 +0000 Steve Carmody 1638 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan: Testing for radiation since 1958