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City Monitoring Radiation Situation in Japan

The City of Downey Police and Fire Departments are in contact with local, county, state and federal authorities who are monitoring the Japanese nuclear reactor situation and are collectively working to address the public’s concern surrounding the potential impact to the California and the Western United States.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are monitoring radiation levels in Japan and domestically in United States.  U.S. EPA has increased the number of monitoring stations in the Pacific and along the West Coast.  U.S. agencies are using the best science to make informed decisions, and are in daily communication with each other.

Officials from the California Emergency Management Agency (CAL-EMA) have advised that is no current health risk and no anticipation of harmful levels of radiation reaching the US.  

These agencies others will continue be in contact with Downey Public Safety Officials. If City officials learn of a change in conditions that could impact residents, the Downey community will be notified.  Residents are encouraged to stay apprised of the situation and to not administer preventative medical remedies for radiation at this time.

If you have any questions, please contact Emergency Services Manager Mark Sauter at 562-904-2327, or email at