2011-04-07 / Local & State

Pa. Air Test Shows Slight Radiation Elevation

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Tests of air in Pennsylvania show an elevated level of radiation, but a state spokeswoman says it is far below levels of concern and is not considered a threat to public health or safety.

Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Katy Gresh said the air sampling was collected in Harrisburg over the eight days that ended Monday. The radiation is apparently from the damaged nuclear plant in Japan.

Gresh could not immediately provide the amount of radioactivity detected in the air. Officials are also awaiting lab results from the latest tests of rain water.

Pennsylvania government officials learned last week that tests of rain water registered elevated concentrations of radiation, but not at levels of concern. Gov. Tom Corbett says follow-up testing showed normal levels of radioactivity in public drinking water.

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