Fear of Nuclear Power Plant Accidents Have Americans Concerned
The nation’s leading environmental testing laboratory now offers services to analyze radioactive food, soil and water samples.
In 1979, Americans got a wakeup call to the potential dangers from nuclear power plants in the United States. The Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station in Pennsylvania experienced a core meltdown. The meltdown resulted in the release of 2.5 million curies of radioactive gases and the release of iodine-131.
Since that tragic event other nuclear power plants have witnessed even worse disasters across the globe. Twenty-five years ago a nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Russia experienced an explosion and fire that released radioactive materials into the environment. This resulted in over 350,000 people being evacuated from the area over the following years. The most recent major event to raise concerns over the safety of nuclear power occurred earlier this year when a nuclear power plant in Japan began releasing radiation after it was hit with a massive earthquake and tsunami.
The tragedy in Japan continues and just this week it was reported that food contaminated with radiation has been consumed in Japan. This has caused increased safety concerns over the food supply and government testing taking place in that country.
“Whenever there is a release of radiation into the environment it causes not only an immediate concern for those who are in the fallout area, but also long term concerns for people in the region,” reported Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President, Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “The long term damage done can have far reaching consequences. Not only are those people in the direct path of the fallout at risk for the dangers associated with the initial release of radiation, they are also at risk for long term environmental concerns due to contaminated soil and water. Even people living outside of the area directly impacted can be exposed to radiation from it contaminating the food and water supply as was the case in Japan. Tainted straw was consumed by cattle before being slaughtered for beef and consumed by unknowing people across Japan,” he continued.
EMSL Analytical announced earlier this year that the laboratory now accepts radiological samples to test for radioactive contaminants. EMSL has the ability to measure Gamma isotopes including Cesium-134, Cesium-137, Iodine-131 and other radioactive elements.
About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.
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