Hawaii lawmakers address resident radiation fearsUPDATED 9:20 PM HST Feb 07, 2014Video Transcript
It has been almost three years since an earthqauke devastated Japan and crippled the Fukushima nuclear plant. But Hawaii lawmakers say they are still hearing from residents who fear some of the radiation will end up here in the islands. KITV-4's Catherine Cruz has the LATEST developments... Radiation fears have resurfaced and now residents are asking whether the state's doing enough to be sure there's nothing from Fukushima hitting our shores. - Adrian Chang 35: 25 - 34: 30 - I just want to make sure what we consume is going to be safe," Adrian Chang is a retired pearl harbor nuclear engineer. He turned out to support a bill calling for radiation testing and voiced his concerns before members of a joint health and enviroment committee. State health officials assured that it has been monitoring our shores since before the earthquake. The testing happens quarterly on Oahu, Kauai and the Big Island. - Jeff Eckert 6 :04-21 -"We have equipment that is so sensitive so we can detect it as miniscule levels that is far far below any public health concern.But the fact we can detect it throws fear into individuals as you are well aware," The state is also regularly testing our air,rain, milk and drinking water. And says levels of any radiation found in fish have been extremly low. But Senator Josh Green wonders if part of the problem is the lack of reliable information for the public. - Josh 30: 39 - 30:44 -"I had a difficult time finding it and the lastest update was seven or eight months ago" state health officials say DULY NOTED. - 28 : 10- 28:18 - "WE ARE STILL AT NORMAL BACKGROUND RADIATION LEVELS. WE ARE CONSIDERING POSTING THE RESULTS BECAUSE OF THE REQUESTS WE HAVE BEEN GETTING FROM THE PUBLIC. SO IT IS SOMETHING THAT WE ARE LOOKING INTO." - Josh Green 31:30-31:43 -"Sometimes fear is the greatest harm that we have. The impact of psycologial concerns that persist if you cant get good answers can actually be more damaging than the tragedy itself," A similar bill introduced in the house was also heard today. The senate committee is to take a vote next week. Back to you.