In the wake of Japan’s nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, some question America’s preparedness for a nuclear disaster, and whether the U.S. food supply has been affected by the ongoing event.
According to an Associated Press poll, 60 percent of Americans are against building nuclear power plants, a 48 percent jump from those who opposed it in a study by Stanford University in 2009.
There have been no traces of radiation detected in the Baltimore-D.C. region, according to the city’s Department of Health. However, according to the federal Environmental Protection Agency, trace amounts of radiation are appearing along the East Coast after the disaster in Japan.
“EPA is beginning to receive verbal reports of elevated but trace levels of radioactive iodine in precipitation samples analyzed by State laboratories,” local health officials said in a release. “EPA is analyzing their own RadNet samples at this time to confirm these reports.”
The EPA is also monitoring drinking water, as cooling water contaminated with radioactive waste from the Fukushima Daiichi plant has spilled into the Pacific Ocean.
“While short-term events such as these do not raise public health concerns, the U.S. EPA has taken steps to increase the level of monitoring of precipitation, drinking water, and other potential exposure routes,” the agency’s Web site said.
Still, local residents say they are worried about uncontrolled radiation and other dilemmas. Some D.C. residents such as Camille Cheeks-Lomax, feel the U.S. is in line for a serious problem with one of its nuclear reactors. “I believe we are nearing a nuclear disaster. Take a look at the economy, the job market, the housing crisis that continues, the recent U.S. government stand-still; our country is literally on the edge and it’s affecting everyone,” said Cheeks-Lomax, a senior public affairs student at American University.