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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Electric utilities in North Carolina and South Carolina report they have detected trace radiation from Japan’s nuclear reactor accidents that followed an earthquake and tsunami.

Progress Energy and Duke Energy in North Carolina and South Carolina Electric and Gas Co. all operate nuclear plants and say they have detected trace amounts of radiation.

Nuclear experts and health officials say there is no public health risk. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says people are exposed to much more radiation on an international airline flight.

Progress Energy of Raleigh said it picked up very low levels of iodine-131, a radioactive byproduct of nuclear fission, at its Robinson nuclear plant in South Carolina and a Florida plant. The company expects to detect similar levels near Raleigh and Wilmington this week.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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4 Comments on "Carolinas utilities report radiation from Japan"

2015 years 10 months ago

Japan didnt have nothing to worry about eather but now there screwd dont have anything..
we have probably had a leak for years and there going there going to blame it on the radiation from japan..
our power people havent mentioned this until now..
and it hasnt been found here that ive heard.
there going to use this as a good oppurtunity..

2015 years 10 months ago

No Public Risk…isn’t that what they told the Japanese in the beginning?

2015 years 10 months ago

Thats a bunch of crap..
they have only seen it in washington and california so thats rediculous it would have to get through the whole united states to get here.. weve probalby had a leak for a long time know and there gonna blame that earthquake on the leak.. the world is just coming to get over on everyone know a days

2015 years 10 months ago

I have researched several sources and you are incorrect. The Iodine-131 isotope from Japans Nuclear plant has been detected in most of the lower 48. Weather patterns are very complex and can cary these isotopes great distances. However, I would say we have little to worry about (and no I don’t believe that because our government says so, I believe that because I have taken time to research the information for my self.)

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