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After the Fukushima reactor incident in 2011, the internet has been scrambling to publish articles about radiation in the Pacific Ocean. Japan has been hardest hit by this disaster, with farmers losing crops and livestock, scandals of employment stemming from the cleanup, and even sanctions from Canada refusing imported seafood from the region. Currently the Fukushima reactor spills 300 tons of radiated water daily into the Pacific Ocean. Can this radiation reach our local rivers, lakes, and streams?

In October, I started my search with one question: Has anyone tested a water sample from Utah rivers and lakes for radioactive contamination? In short, the answer is no.

Recently a video was broadcasted of a gentleman and his Geiger counter in Pacifica State beach, an eleven and half hour drive from Salt Lake City (click here to watch video). This video shows that the radiation is three times greater at the water line than in the parking lot, a five minute walk away. Alarming? Yes, but what does this mean?

My interviews with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), and the Nuclear Emergency Tracking Center (NETC) shed some light on what these readings are, and the public accessibility to monitoring services.

I first spoke with the founder of the NETC, Harlan Yother. The NETC is a private agency that monitors and reports radiation levels in real-time throughout the United States, select areas of Japan and Australia, and a single site in Monfalcone Italy - using both government monitoring sites and volunteer stations. Salt Lake City has an EPA-sponsored monitoring station that can be viewed on this site and which reports RADCON (Radiation Condition) levels accurately.
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