Hawaii Travel News: No Harmful Radiation Expected

President Obama has reiterated to all Americans that no harmful levels of radiation are expected to reach Hawaii, the West Coast, or the Pacific Territories as a result of damage to nuclear plants in Japan.

"I know that many Americans are worried about the potential risks to the United States," stated President Obama, "so I want to be very clear: We do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the United States, whether it’s the West Coast, Hawaii, Alaska, or U.S. territories in the Pacific. Let me repeat that: We do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the West Coast, Hawaii, Alaska, or U.S. territories in the Pacific. That is the judgment of our Nuclear Regulatory Commission and many other experts."

In addition, experts, most notably U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chairman Gregory Jaczko, have repeatedly declared that there is no evidence indicating that Hawaii is in any danger.

The NRC's official web site said, "In response to nuclear emergencies, the NRC works with other U.S. agencies to monitor radioactive releases and predict their path. All the available information indicates weather conditions have taken the small releases from the Fukushima reactors out to sea away from the population. Given the thousands of miles between the two countries, Hawaii, Alaska, the U.S. Territories and the U.S. West Coast are not expected to experience any harmful levels of radioactivity."

In addition, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a statement saying that air monitoring readings taken in Hawaii show no elevated levels of radiation. State health officials previously said that based on all available information, they do not anticipate a risk of harmful radiation exposure to the islands "Daily monitoring reports show no change other than normal background levels of radiation," said EPA's spokesman in Hawaii, Dean Higuchi.

Hawaii's Governor Abercrombie echoed the President’s and the NRC’s assessment in a statement in which he said, "I want to reassure residents and visitors that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the highest authority on radiation in the nation, has indicated Japan’s nuclear emergency presents no danger to Hawaii."

"Our state and county monitoring systems have not detected any increase in radiation levels, and based on all available information, state and federal experts do not anticipate any risk of harmful radiation exposure to our islands. We are open for business. Hawaii continues to be the world’s paradise."

So, according to government officials and experts, if you are planning a Hawaiian timeshare vacation, there is no need to change your plans, and there are many budget-friendly timeshare rentals available in beautiful luxury resorts throughout the islands.

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