Nuclear Radiation Information for Maui

March 19, 2011 at 1:54 am 2 comments

When radioactive iodine is detected in the air, potassium Iodide is recommended, but only when there’s an actual risk of exposure. Radioactive iodine can cause thyroid cancer. The iodine from the potassium iodide protects the thyroid because it’s absorbed by the thyroid, which then doesn’t absorb the radioactive iodine.

3/15 MauiNow.com article on cautions of using potassium idodide without iminent threat.

Good natural sources of iodine are edible seaweed, like nori, kelp, dulse and irish moss as well as asparagus, garlic, lima beans, mushrooms, seafood, sea salt and fortified salt, sesame seeds, soybeans, spinach, summer squash, swiss chard and turnip greens.


The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) operates on a 24-hour basis.


The Department of Health (DOH) continues to closely monitor the situation, and at this time says there is no indication of increased risk to the state. (via Interim Health Director Loretta Fuddy).

If a need should arise for residents to start taking potassium iodide to guard against effects of radiation exposure, the Hawaii State Department of Health along with other local, state and federal agencies will inform the public.

The EPA Radnet (Environmental Protection Agency) post air and water monitoring results online.


March 17, 2011 Maui News article
More radiation monitors deployed

EPA told The Associated Press it is adding two more stations on Guam, and two in Hawaii.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency already monitors radiation throughout the area as part of its RadNet system, which measures levels in air, drinking water, milk and rain.

The new Hawaii monitors would be placed on Oahu’s North Shore and on Kauai; two are already in place, on Oahu and the Big Island.


Maui Energy Commissioner: Doug McLeod
State Office Building, 200 South High Street, Wailuku, HI 96793-2155, (808) 986-1200

See other posts on nuclear energy in the Political Action category.

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