radiological protection section http://michiganradio.org en State health officials down playing detection of radiation from Japanese nuclear crisis http://michiganradio.org/post/state-health-officials-down-playing-detection-radiation-japanese-nuclear-crisis <p>State health officials insist the public does not have to worry that a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iodine-131">radioactive isotope</a> linked to the Japanese nuclear crisis has been detected in a routine air sample taken on Monday in Lansing.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Kelly Neibel&nbsp;is the acting spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Community Health.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;There&rsquo;s absolutely no reason for people to be concerned about this.&nbsp; The levels detected are very minute and they pose no health threat to people.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p>The state routinely tests air samples taken near <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,1607,7-132-8347-221380--,00.html">Michigan&rsquo;s three nuclear reactors</a>. The last unusual reading was recorded after the Chernobyl accident in the mid-1980s. Neibel downplays the potential health effects of the isotope from the Japanese nuclear crisis to people living in Michigan.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&quot;All of us are exposed to radiation every day.&nbsp;&nbsp; Some of that&rsquo;s from natural sources&hellip;to manmade sources&hellip;like medical x-rays.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Radioactive isotopes linked to the Japanese nuclear crisis have been reported in many other U.S. states.&nbsp; Thu, 31 Mar 2011 15:59:59 +0000 Steve Carmody 1865 at http://michiganradio.org State health officials down playing detection of radiation from Japanese nuclear crisis