There’s a headline that should give us pause.
Health officials in Massachusetts say that minute levels of radioiodine-131 detected in rainwater in New England are most likely from the damaged nuclear plant in Northern Japan.
They insist, as health officials usually do, that there’s no danger to residents; the amount is apparently just small enough to be detectable but not large enough to be dangerous. Drinking water, they also insist, isn’t likely to be affected.
But still: radiation in rainwater that far away that fast?
Just ponder for a moment how many states there are between Japan and Massachusetts.
Nuclear safety anywhere is a serious concern everywhere. Or, at least, it should be.
But let’s be realistic: when was the last time you thought of some nuclear power plant a continent away, prior to this news tidbit?