Radiation update from PG&E
[Below is a letter to the Community Advisory Board of the Humboldt Bay Power Plant from PG&E]
In light of the concerns expressed about the situation in Japan and the potential risk to California, there have been several inquiries about the monitoring capability at Humboldt Bay Power Plant. We want to let you know that we do have both the ability to monitor for excess radiation and a highly trained radiation protection team at the site. There are two different types of sensors to detect external radiation at the Humboldt Bay Power Plant, air samplers and thermoluminescent dosimeters, located both onsite and offsite. We are fully utilizing our plant staff and facilities to closely monitor and look for any increase in radioactivity due to the events in Japan.
We are coordinating with the California Department of Public Health and local agencies to provide them with information obtained from the sensors to be made available to the public.
We have two Certified Health Physicists on staff who are industry experts on radiation health impacts. We also have several radiological professional technologists at the site who are specially trained and certified to measure, monitor and control radiation. We have the ability to collect various types of radiological samples and we have a state of the art analytical lab on site capable of measuring radioactivity at extremely low levels.We have not measured any increased levels of radiation above normal background.
Please email me or Paul Roller (PJR2@pge.com) if you have any questions.
Pacific Gas & Electric Company
2555 Myrtle Avenue
Eureka, CA 95501
Office (707) 445-5623