MARSHALL ISLANDS’ UTRIK ATOLL RADIATION ASSESSED

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MARSHALL ISLANDS’ UTRIK ATOLL RADIATION ASSESSED

MAJURO, Marshall Islands (Dec. 3, 1999 – Marshall Islands Journal)---A radiation dose assessment of Utrik Atoll published by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in October says that there is no risk to the population from nuclear weapons-era fallout.

The document was provided to the Marshall Islands Journal through the U.S. Embassy in Majuro.

The Livermore study, written by William Robison and other researchers, said: "The radiological dose on Utrik Atoll today from weapons-related radionuclides is very low and of no consequence to the health detriment of the population.

"The Utrik people can live on their atoll without concern about radiological exposure and enjoy life on their islands."

According to charts included in the report, people living on Utrik are exposed to an average of about 150 millirem of radiation per year. Approximately four millirem of the exposure is nuclear weapons-related, while the balance is from natural background radiation, according to the Livermore report.

The report compares Utrik’s annual exposure of about 150 millirem with that of people in the U.S. (about 300 mrem) and Europe (close to 250 mrem).

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