March 29, 2011
Extremely low levels of radioactive iodine from the tsunami-hit Japanese nuclear plant have been detected in parts of the UK.
A statement from the Health Protection Agency said the “minutest traces of iodine” were being seen in the UK, with low levels detected at monitoring stations in Oxfordshire and Glasgow.
The agency said there was no public health risk posed by the iodine, as the radiation dose received from inhaling air with the levels recorded in the past few days would be minuscule and much less than the annual background dose.
While levels may rise in the coming days and weeks, they will be “significantly below any level which could cause harm to public health”, the HPA said.
This article was posted: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 7:45 am