Gov. Chris Gregoire today issued the following statement on ongoing radiological monitoring of milk, precipitation and drinking water.

 The Governor said: 

“Tests performed by the Environmental Protection Agency confirm that Washington milk is safe to drink. A screening sample of milk taken from Spokane on March 25 detected 0.8 pCi/L of iodine-131, which is more than 5,000 times lower than levels that would signal concern. This morning I spoke with the chief advisors for both the EPA and the FDA and they confirmed that these levels are miniscule and are far below levels of public health concern, including for infants and children.

“According to them, a pint of milk at these levels would expose an individual to less radiation than would a five hour airplane flight.

“Since the situation in Japan we have been monitoring for radiation. We will continue our monitoring and work closely with the EPA, FDA and CDC. At no point have detection levels come close to levels of concern.”