The radiation detected on the filters from California is "hundreds of thousands to millions of times below levels of concern," according to the EPA. Further, Americans receive doses of radiation from natural sources like rocks, bricks and the sun that are about 100,000 times higher than what has been detected on the West Coast.
The levels being seen now in rainwater are 25 times below the level that would be of concern for use as a sole source of water over a short period of time, even for infants, pregnant women or breastfeeding women, who are the most sensitive to radiation.
Dr. Eric Frykman, County Public Health Officer, continues to recommend Riverside County residents do not take potassium iodide (KI) as a precautionary measure.
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