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No levels of radiation found in Hawaii milk

EPA releases information after low levels found in Washington milk

By Star-Advertiser staff and the Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:03 p.m. HST, Mar 30, 2011

Hawaii has no levels of radiation found in its water, rain and milk, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said today.

The EPA said very low levels of radiation haved turned up in a sample of milk from Spokane, Wash.

But the EPA said consumers should not worry because the Spokane levels of radioactive Iodine-131 are still 5,000 times below levels of concern set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The agency, monitoring air filters, identified radioactive iodine-131 as the isotope that so far has reached Hawaii from the Japanese nuclear crisis.

The EPA said radiation levels detected from the air filters were "thousands of times" below that which would pose a health threat.

Dean Higuchi, the EPA spokesman in Hawaii, said his agency has also been monitoring Hawaii's milk, rain water, or water.

"At this time, Hawaii has no signs of anything in its milk, rain water or water," Higuchi said.

Results of the EPA monitoring in Hawaii is available for viewing online at http://www.epa.gov/japan2011/rert/radnet-honolulu-bg.html

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