Radioactive Iodine in Philly Water Spurs Enhanced Testing

"The Philadelphia Water Department announced yesterday that it is enhancing its testing procedures and reviewing treatment technology after federal environmental officials found radioactive iodine in the city's drinking water.

The level of Iodine-131 found at the Queen Lane treatment plant is the highest of 23 sites in 13 states where the particles have appeared following the massive radiation leaks from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. Lower levels were found at the city's two other plants.

But the Iodine-131 in Philadelphia may have no connection to Japan, officials say."

William Bender reports for the Philadelphia Inquirer April 12, 2011.

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, 04/13/2011