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NH Health Dept. says radiation found in snow

March 28, 2011

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CONCORD, N.H.—New Hampshire health officials say tests have detected low-levels of radioactivity from a stricken Japanese nuclear plant in snow samples taken in Concord.

Dr. José Montero of the Department of Health and Human Services says the level of radioiodine-131 in the sample taken over the weekend do not pose a threat to public health.

Montero says the amount of radiation detected is at least 25 times below the level of concern, even for infants and pregnant women.

Montero says officials don't usually test samples in the winter, but it was prudent to expand testing after the Japanese nuclear crisis.

Officials in Massachusetts and other states have also reported finding small amounts of radiation from Japan.

Montero says the finding "is not unexpected."