By Mike Bauman
With the flow and direction of the jet stream, some are asking if radiation leaked from Japanese nuclear reactors could contaminate the United States.
Experts with the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NCR) stated on Sunday that it is very unlikely that harmful levels of radiation from Japan will accumulate in the United States. ”Given the thousands of miles between the two countries; Hawaii, Alaska, the US Territories and the US West Coast are not expected to experience any harmful levels of radioactivity,” said the agency.
However, some experts are warning that continued reactor leaks, especially if multiple reactors fail, could lead to harmful levels of contamination in the ground, water and air. Nuclear expert Joseph Cirincione, President of the Ploughshares Fund, told Fox News, “The radioactivity could spread around the entire Northern Hemisphere. It depends on how many of these cores melt down and how successful they are on containing it once the disaster happens.” The Ploughshares Fund is a non-profit grant-giving organization dedicated to stopping the spread of nuclear weapons.
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