ANCHORAGE, Alaska - — The Environmental Protection Agency is deploying additional radiation monitoring systems to Alaska, Guam and Hawaii to better monitor the situation in Japan. The Agency says placing additional monitors in Alaska, Guam and Hawaii allows it to gather data from a location closer to Japan.
The three Alaska monitors will be set up in Dutch Harbor, Nome and Juneau. They are expected to be operating by the end of the week, according to the EPA.
The EPA website says the agency, along with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, does not expect to see harmful levels of radiation reaching the United States from the damaged Japanese nuclear power plants.
The deployable radiation air monitors are able to be sent to any location in the U.S. or its territories during radiological emergencies.
“The fixed monitors do continuous air monitoring, so it's near real-time information that's sent via satellite connection to our national air and radiation environmental laboratory in Alabama,” said Jonathan Edwards, the director of the EPA’s Radiation Protection Division.