|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Tue, 15 Mar 2011 03:11:38 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] RADIATION, GLOBAL: Navy personnel exposed to low levels in Japan|
17 in U.S. Navy Treated for Contamination By THOM SHANKER New York Times March 14, 2011WASHINGTON - American Navy officials in Japan said early Monday that 17 military personnel who had been aboard three helicopters assisting in the earthquake relief effort had been exposed to low levels of contamination.
Cmdr. Jeff A. Davis, a spokesman for the American Seventh Fleet in Japan, said the Navy personnel - who apparently had flown through a radioactive plume from a damaged nuclear power plant - had been ordered to dispose of their uniforms and to undergo a decontamination scrub that had successfully removed radioactive particles.
"They received very, very low levels of contamination," Commander Davis said in a telephone interview from Japan early Monday.
"It certainly is not cause for alarm," he said. "It is something we have to watch very carefully and make sure we are able to monitor, and to mitigate against this environmental hazard."
The Navy personnel aboard the three helicopters had received the equivalent of one month's natural background radiation from the sun, rocks or soil, he said.
... For the entire article, see http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/14/world/asia/14military.html?_r=1&src=mv -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <email@example.com> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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