East Texas water considered safe from Japanese radiation

BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) - Stephen F. Austin State University's radiation safety officer Dr. Bea Clack checks in on the latest news stories about Japanese radiation within the U.S. borders.

"These levels are hundreds of thousands to millions time less than levels of concern," she read from one Internet posting.

We asked the biotech scientist if Japanese radiation could end up in East Texas water systems.

"We have natural radiation around us every day," reminded Clack. "It's just part of nature, but as far as directly from he japan incident, I would say close to nil."

People are exposed to radiation in all kinds of ways. Most get their biggest radiation exposure through the sun.

Just to make sure there are tests.

"The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality makes sure that the water is tested every 9 years," said Russell Grubbs, water utilities manager for the City of Nacogdoches. "And if you don't have any problem than you stay on that same schedule."

It just so happened, Nacogdoches water was tested for radiation levels as recently as January. "What they do is they will go out to all of our source water sites, like our pump stations, our well water stations and our surface water treatment plant and they will take samples," explained lab manager, Jill Bolin.

The city is waiting for the results, but expects a good report.

"I really would not be concerned about that yet, and we will definitely inform the public if we do have any concern," assured Bolin.

"I drink the water every day," smiled Grubbs.

So Americans are encouraged to save their concerns for the people who most need it, the people in Japan.

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