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California officials say radiation “plume” from Japan won’t increase state’s levels above normal

By Alison Hawkes

California health and emergency officials said a “plume” of radiation coming from the Japanese nuclear crisis that’s expected to hit the West Coast as early as tomorrow will bring radiation levels to no higher than normal background levels. The officials from the California Department of Public Health and the California Emergency Management Agency said...
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Radiation levels difficult for public to obtain, understand

By Alison Hawkes
Radiation levels difficult for public to obtain, understand

Federal and state officials have been staunchly insistent that radioactive fallout from Japan’s nuclear reactor crisis will not reach California and the rest of the West Coast. But there’s been little ability for the public to gain more detailed information on airborne radiation levels because data from federal monitoring stations are difficult to obtain and...
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California’s long wrestle with nuclear power

By Victoria Schlesinger

Over the past decade, California wavered between supporting nuclear energy and being split down the middle. The unfolding catastrophe in Japan may put an end to the debate. The state has a ban on any new plants until there is a permanent solution to storing nuclear waste. Currently two plants – Diablo Canyon and...
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Health officials say radiation from Japan unlikely to be danger to U.S. West Coast

By Alison Hawkes

As conditions at nuclear reactors in Japan continue to deteriorate, one obvious question for we West Coaster is the potential danger for radioactive fallout to travel across the jet stream. So far, authorities are downgrading the potential that the West Coast of North America is in danger. A spokesman for the California Department of...
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