April 14th, 2011 – The EPA currently has no completed information on NOAA-EPA ocean environmental sampling and plume modeling from Japan to Alaska other than perhaps a cost estimate for proposed work

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From: PMT10 Hoc
Sent: Thursday, April 14, 2011 6:39 PM
To: Mike Aslaksen
Subject RE: Environmental monitoring and plume modeling – Japan to Alaska

Mike, I appreciate your quick response. Tony Sievers called and we had a productive conversation this afternoon on the topic, which is particularly interesting to me. I used to establish environmental monitoring program elements for Navy, which I understand is a partner in this effort.

Best regards,
Sam

Sam Keith
CDC Liaison to NRC


From: Mike Aslaksen [mailto:[email protected]]

Sent: Thursday, April 14, 2011 4:41 PM
To: PMTIO Hoc
Cc: [email protected]; [email protected]; Hendrik Tolman; John Cortinas; info japan
Subject: Re: Environmental monitoring and plume modeling – Japan to Alaska

Sam,

The POC’s for NOAA on this subject are John Cortinas and Hendrik Tolman cc’d on this response.

-Mike

Michael L. Aslaksen Jr.
Chief of Staff (Acting)
NOAA’s National Ocean Service
Tel: 301-713-3074 x148


On 4/14/2011 4:31 PM, PMT1O Hoc wrote:

Dear Drs. Aslaksen, Callender, and Bamford,

As the CDC Liaison to the NRC for the Japan response, I have been asked to find out the status of NOAA/EPA efforts on ocean environmental sampling and plume modeling over the area from Japan to Alaska. I met with management at the EPA HQ EOC this afternoon and understand that EPA currently has no completed information on this topic other than perhaps a cost estimate for proposed work.

EPA provided your contact information in case you might be in a position to assist. As such, I am hoping you can share the results of any sampling that NOAA has conducted in the Pacific Ocean since the event started, as well as current status/future plans on monitoring and modeling, or provide some points of contact on these.

We have heard anecdotally that ocean water several miles off the Japanese east coast contains measurable Fukushima-related radionuclides at concentrations below the EPA maximum contaminant limit. This type information would be helpful.

Sincerely,
Sam Keith
CDC Liaison to NRC

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