April 11, 2011 |
The Philadelphia Water Department announced Monday that it is enhancing its testing procedures and reviewing its treatment technology after federal environmental officials discovered radioactive iodine in the city's drinking water. The level of Iodine-131 found at the city's Queen Lane treatment plant is the highest of 23 sites in 13 states where the particles have appeared following the massive radiation leaks from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan. Lower levels were found at the city's other two plants.
April 12, 2011 |
Authorities are investigating why samples of drinking water from three sites in Philadelphia had a higher level of radioactive iodine than water in other cities. Levels of Iodine-131 found April 4 in samples from treated water at the Queen Lane, Baxter, and Belmont plants were considered within federal safety standards, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The most common sources of Iodine-131 are nuclear reactors and weapons, but doctors also use it to diagnose and treat thyroid illnesses.
March 30, 2012 |
Government officials have now confirmed what they strongly suspected a year ago: The radioactive iodine-131 in some of the region's waterways, also found in minute amounts in Philadelphia's drinking water, is coming from thyroid patients. After patients swallow the chemical in capsule or liquid form, some of it passes into their urine, which then enters the wastewater-treatment system and winds up in rivers that provide drinking water, the officials said. Philadelphia's water is safe, according to officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the state Department of Environmental Protection, the Philadelphia Water Department, and the city Department of Health.
April 13, 2011 |
Finding the source of radioactive iodine in Philadelphia's drinking water won't be easy. Many experts believe the most likely source is Iodine-131, used to treat thyroid cancer or a hyperthyroid. But nothing allows scientists and investigators to track an Iodine-131 sample to a specific medical facility or other source the way, say, they can follow the migratory path of a bird. "There is nothing that will tag that radioactive material from one location to the other," said John Keklak, director of radiation safety at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
March 31, 2011 |
TOKYO - Fears about contaminated seafood spread yesterday despite reassurances that radiation in the waters off Japan's troubled atomic plant pose no health risk, as the country's respected emperor consoled evacuees from the tsunami and nuclear emergency zone. While experts say radioactive particles are unlikely to build up significantly in fish, the seafood concerns in the country that gave the world sushi are yet another blemish for Brand Japan. It has already been hit by contamination of milk, vegetables and water, plus shortages of auto and tech parts after a massive quake and tsunami disabled a coastal nuclear power plant.
May 10, 1991 |
Speeding up the timetable for treatment, doctors at Bethesda Naval Hospital gave President Bush a radioactive iodine drink yesterday to cure the hyperthyroid condition that has been linked to his heart palpitations. After reviewing final test results, the physicians diagnosed Bush's condition as Graves' disease, the same illness that afflicts his wife, Barbara. White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said the radioactive medication Bush drank would destroy his malfunctioning thyroid gland within a month.
March 18, 2011 |
Although the Japanese nuclear emergency is unfolding more than 6,000 miles away, it has caused some who live near Pennsylvania's Limerick Generating Station to check their medicine cabinets for something they hope they'll never need: potassium iodide tablets. The pills temporarily block the impact of radioactive iodine - one of the forms of radiation released in a nuclear meltdown - and the Montgomery County Health Department had given out 13,000 of them this week as of midday Thursday.
August 2, 1997 |
We've been nuked. And tens of thousands of us may develop thyroid cancer as a result of fallout from nuclear weapons testing in Nevada in the 1950s, federal health officials said yesterday. Every man, woman and child born before the 1960s was hit by radioactive fallout wafting across the country from blasts at the Nevada Test Site, the National Cancer Institute said. But compared to some places, the Philadelphia area got off easy. Levels of fallout here were lower than the average dose across the country, while parts of Montana and Idaho took the heaviest hits.
March 31, 2011 |
TOKYO - Fears about contaminated seafood spread Wednesday despite reassurances that radiation in the waters off Japan's troubled atomic plant posed no health risk. While experts say radioactive particles are unlikely to build up significantly in fish, the seafood concerns in the country that gave the world sushi are yet another blow to Brand Japan. It has already been hit by contamination of milk, vegetables, and water, plus shortages of auto and tech parts after a massive quake and tsunami disabled a coastal nuclear power plant.