The Environmental Protection Agency says the harmless levels of radioactive iodine fallout from Japan detected at Dutch Harbor on March 19 and 20 were higher than other reporting stations in the United States. The director of the state health lab in Anchorage, Bernd Jilly, says the level remained near the background amount and were inconsequential. The EPA set up a portable monitor in Dutch Harbor because of the nuclear plant disaster in Japan following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. The fishing port in the Aleutians is about 2,700 miles from the nuclear plant site at Fukushima.
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