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West Virginia Agencies Continue to Monitor Radiological Incident in Japan

March 29, 2011

The state of West Virginia and the Departments of Health and Human Resources, Agriculture, Environmental Protection, Natural Resources and Homeland Security and Emergency Management continue to monitor the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant in Japan. Presently, there is no radiological threat to the state of West Virginia or our food supply, nor is an emergency situation anticipated within our borders. The state remains committed to the health and safety of the public and is prepared to address any potentially serious situation should it arise from the radiological incident in Japan.

It is important to note that radiation monitors around the country are set to detect exceedingly low levels of radiation. Experts expected to see and have seen some increases above background levels due to this event. However, to date, all radiation levels have been far below any levels of public health concern. Minimal detections are expected to occur both in air and rainwater monitoring.

No health danger to the public has been predicted or identified in West Virginia and the situation is not expected to generate any concerns for livestock or farming in our state. No sheltering of livestock or embargoes of crops has been issued by the Commissioner of Agriculture. State agencies will continue to remain connected with federal response agencies to monitor the situation and issue guidance should the situation change for any reason.

Any health and wellness related concerns or inquiries may be directed to the West Virginia Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222. The Poison Center has partnered with the Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Public Health in tracking and responding to any health aspects of this event.

Farming and livestock related inquiries may be directed to the Department of Agriculture at 304-558-3708 or to the local extension agency.

Additional concerns may be addressed by the local or state offices of emergency management at 304-558-5380.

Contact: Heather Miles, 304-558-5380