Posts tagged: radiation
Two workers at the Idaho National Laboratory have sued the U.S. Department of Energy under the Freedom of Information Act, claiming they were wrongly denied documentation about a 2011 accident in which they were exposed to plutonium, AP reporter Rebecca Boone reports. The two filed a public records request asking the U.S. Department of Energy for documentation about the incident, including security video; they contend the federal agency wrongly denied their FOIA request when it claimed the records were the property of a private contractor. Click below for Boone's full article.
Trace levels of radioactive iodine-131 have now been detected in air, drinking water, rainwater and milk in Idaho, the state DEQ, Department of Agriculture and Department of Health & Welfare report in a joint news release, but “the levels detected are far below levels of public health concern.” The I-131, from the nuclear disaster in Japan, first was detected on March 21 in an air sample in Boise. Mark Dietrich, the Idaho DEQ's emergency response program coordinator, said, “At no point have detected levels come close to levels of concern.” You can read more here.