How Will Radiation Affect Dairy Production?

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported that milk products in Spokane, Wash had 0.8 pCi/L of iodine-131, a level 5,000 times lower than the Derived Intervention Level set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It is believed the radiation is from the Japanese Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The EPA continues to with state and local governments on monitoring of milk under its RADNET program.

“Iodine 131 has a half-life of eight days, meaning that every eight days it loses half its strength. Since production of iodine 131 stopped when the Fukushima reactors shut down on March 11, it has already been through two half-lives and could easily be halved once or twice more again before the milk is consumed as cheese or yogurt." the New York Times reported.