U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore) has more than one question about the feds' contingency plans to monitor radiation levels and prepare residents along the West Coast if there are fallout problems here from the Japanese nuclear disaster.
Here's the letter Blumenauer released this afternoon to the Environmental Protection Agency and Nuclear Regulatory Commission with his questions:
March 16, 2011 Lisa Jackson Gregory JaczkoAdministrator ChairmanEnvironmental Protection Agency U.S. Nuclear Regulatory CommissionUS EPA Ariel Rios Building 11555 Rockville Pike1200 Pennsylvania Ave, NW Rockville, MD 20852Washington, DC 20004 Dear Administrator Jackson and Chairman Jaczko, I write to inquire about the potential risk to U.S. West Coast communities from the explosions and release of radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility in Japan. In a region that is already breathing air pollution from China, my constituents are concerned about radiation contamination from the facility reaching the West Coast. While a number of experts have indicated that contamination in the U.S. as a result of the Japanese catastrophe is unlikely, I would like to better understand the agenciesâ contingency plans and your plan for disseminating information to concerned citizens. At your earliest convenience, please respond to me with the following information: Â· What is the U.S. Government doing to monitor radiation levels over the Pacific?Â· What steps is the Government taking to plan for a scenario in which radiation is elevated to unsafe levels?Â· How does the Government plan to provide information about this potential risk to citizens? Thank you for your attention to this request. I look forward to being able to assure my constituents that the U.S. Government has a plan and to be able to tell them where they can find more information about the situation. Sincerely, Earl BlumenauerMember of Congress