Radioactive Levels Around Japan's Nuclear Plant 4,000x Above Normal

By Scott Sarvay

Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant

March 31, 2011 Updated Mar 31, 2011 at 4:58 PM EDT

JAPAN (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Japanese officials will receive a huge pump from Germany to help regain control of their crippled nuclear plant.

The pump will be used to pump out contaminated water and can dispose of 42,000 gallons an hour.

Sea water near the plant is showing an increase in contamination with radioactive levels at more than 4,000 times normal.

And traces of radiation have been detected in some milk in Washington state.

The EPA says it found radiation in a sample of milk taken March 25th in Spokane.

But they say the level of radiation found in the sample is well below the level of public health concern.

Washington's governor says the radiation found in a pint of milk would be less than you'd get during a five hour airline flight and that the milk is safe to drink.

Testing for radiation has been stepped up since Japan’s partial reactor meltdown.

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