Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) Radiochemistry Laboratory announces testing results of additional samples that were collected to determine if radiation was present. In six milk samples collected no radiodiodine (I-131) activity or any other radionuclide related to a nuclear power plant release was detected above the Minimum Detectable Activity. An additional water sample showed I-131 at 14.7 pCi/L (picocuries per liter), which is below accepted minimum standards.
The milk samples were from the towns of Kensington, Stratham, Lee, Concord, Hinsdale, and Chesterfield. The water sample was from Concord from the roof of the DHHS building on Hazen Drive.
“These test results were also consistent with earlier analysis of samples collected in various communities around New Hampshire indicating no risk to the public,” said Public Health Director Dr. José Montero. “Though this is part of our routine testing, with the concern over the situation in Japan, we want to emphasize to everyone that our drinking water and milk supply are safe.”
Staff from the Department of Environmental Services (DES) collected the water sample and worked with DPHS staff to facilitate reporting of the results.