Is Lower Mainland monitoring for nuclear fallout from Japan?

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As a physician specializing in preventive medicine, I am concerned that there does not seem to be an audibly-announced U.S. or Canadian government policy on monitoring for fallout from the reactors in Japan.  

First, are we sure we have good intelligence on this -- should we trust with our lives the veracity and forthcomingness of the Japanese government?

According to the CBC, it's already admitted by the Japanese government that there are radioactive vapor leaks, and that a sixth nuclear plant was added today (March 13) to the list of reactors in a state of emergency.

Yukio Edano, Japan's chief cabinet secretary, said Unit 3 of the Daiichi plant remained at risk for a hydrogen explosion, and went on to say: "If there is an explosion, however, there would be no significant impact on human health."  I have considerable concerns about the reliability of this claim.

 And according to the NYTimes, Japan’s public broadcast system instructed evacuees to close doors and windows, place a wet towel over their noses and mouths, and cover up as much as possible, and the government is also planning to distribute iodine. 
  
It is clear that the greatest concern for now is for the people of Japan -- but this is an opportunity to reflect on the potentially catastrophic, permanent, and unjustifiable dangers we societally accept by allowing nuclear power -- we're all downwind from somewhere.
 And as an elected official for UBC's University Neighbourhoods Association, I will push to get some answers, and to finalize our emergency preparedness planning. As with all real and potential disasters, we must plan to both reduce risk and adapt.

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