2 U.S. EPA Radiation Detection Units Arrive on Guam, 1 Headed for Saipan


Guam – 2 emergency radiation detection devices have arrived on Guam, along with Sam Poppell who is a U.S. EPA Radiological Emergency Response Team Commander out of Montgomery Alabama.

The units arrived Thursday night and Poppell will be setting up the detectors here in Guam and in Saipan this weekend.

Guam EPA Director Ivan Quinata told PNC News this morning that one device will be sent to Saipan, the other will remain on Guam. No decision has been made yet on where the Guam radiation sensor would be placed yet.

That decision is dependant on parameters set by U.S. EPA which define what the most appropriate location would be based on altitude, prevailing winds and other factors.


Poppell told PNC News that he could not comment at this time. But he expects that later today, once the location had been determined and the device was set up,  he would be given permission to discuss how it works.

Since Monday, a radiation detection unit at Andersen Air Force Base has been monitoring the air quality and found “zero” readings of any radiation from the damaged Japanese nuclear reactors.

However when contacted by PNC News Thursday, Andersen officials advised that they could not provide pictures or comment on the radiation device that they have been using.