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Apr 3, 2011 5:47 PM by AP posted By James H Egbert

CO snowpack sampled after Japan disaster

DENVER (AP) - Officials have stored samples of Colorado mountain snowpack just in case they're needed to measure any fallout from Japan's nuclear disaster.

Denver's KCNC-TV reports that collectors took samples at 10 locations, from Cameron Pass to the north to La Veta Pass in the south. Officials stress there is no reason for concern; Colorado authorities have previously said that minuscule radiation levels have been detected by EPA monitors.

Mike Gillespie, a snow survey supervisor for the Natural Resource Conservation Service, said there are no immediate plans to test the samples. He said snow survey offices in 10 Western states were asked to collect snowpack samples.

Information from: KCNC-TV, http://www.cbs4denver.com

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

 

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