Low Levels Of Radiation Found On Ship At Port Of Tacoma
KIROTV.COM - Low, non-threatening levels of radiation were found on a cargo ship in the Port of Tacoma, the state Health Department told KIRO 7 Eyewitness News. The Hyundai Oakland from Shanghai arrived early Tuesday morning.
The Coast Guard said the closest the ship came to Japan was 250 miles. Officials with the state Department of Health said very low levels of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear plant were found in the ship's air filter.
They said the levels they found are not harmful to human health.The Coast Guard said it is the first ship to arrive in Puget Sound with radiation since the nuclear disaster. Tests showed the radiation was detected only in the engine room air filter -- not anywhere else on the ship.
The air filter has since been changed.An expert with the state Department of Health told reporter Graham Johnson the finding was expected because of the radiation that has spread from the nuclear plant across the ocean and the enormous size of the filter on the ship.
Since the earthquake, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has been screening all cargo arriving from Japan for radiation.
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