A new study by Association of Public Health Laboratories found low numbers of states capable of doing radiation testing.
“Twenty-seven percent of the respondents reported the ability to measure radionuclides in clinical specimens; 6 percent reported that another state agency or department accepted and analyzed these samples via a radioanalytical method,” the study said. “Of the Radiation Capabilities Survey respondents, 60 percent reported the ability to test environmental samples, such as air, soil, or surface water, for radiation; 48 percent reported the ability to test non-milk food samples; 47 percent reported the ability to test milk and 56 percent reported sending data for drinking water to the Environmental Protection Agency.”
This issue does not just involve nuclear power accidents but also potential terrorism incidents. US officials have warned for years of potential “dirty bomb” tactics yet states still largely do not have any ability to handle such a disaster.
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