Reformer reports radiation levels measured at the fence line of Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant were 30 percent higher in 2007 than in 2006

Vermont Yankee fence line dose up 30 percent

BOB AUDETTE, Reformer Staff

Saturday, July 26

BRATTLEBORO — Radiation levels measured at the fence line of Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant were 30 percent higher in 2007 than in 2006.Despite the 30 percent increase, the report stated the highest fence line measurement recorded by the Vermont Department of Health was less than 18 millirem.

“At no time has Vermont Yankee posed a measurable risk to public health,” said Health Commissioner Wendy Davis.

Although radiation levels were found to be higher than in previous years, they are still below the health department’s regulatory limit of 20 millirem per year, a limit that is more protective than any other state or federal agency, said Bill Irwin, the chief of radiological health for Vermont’s Department of Health.

“We are talking about very low levels of exposure and dose,” he said. “Public exposure at those levels and the doses that do come from those exposures are unlikely to contribute measurably to risk.”

With a carcinogen such as ionizing radiation, there is no way to eliminate all risk short of not having any exposure at all.

Still, he said, “The amount of risk is very small if it can be measured at all.”

[Blogger’s note: I’m feeling safe and reassured. You? (WAKE THE HELL UP!)]

Read the entire story: http://www.reformer.com/ci_10004731

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