By Matlin Smith
Current-Argus Staff Writer
CARLSBAD – Local radio chemists from the Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring & Research Center assure the Carlsbad public that radiation from Japan will not affect the city as long as current conditions remain the same overseas.
” We will eventually see litt le spikes” said Dr. George Mulholland. the interim director at the center. “But they will be miniscule.” CEMRC, established in 1991, is a center designed to anticipate and respond to emerging health and environmental needs and develop and implement an independent health and environmental monitoring program in the vicinity of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, making all results accessible to the public.
Although researchers at the center primarily measure the soil, air, water, native plants and animals in the region around WIPP, a nuclear waste repository located in salt beds about 26 miles outside of Carlsbad.