No Need To Fear Low Helicopter Flyovers Over Area From July 11-20
If you see a low-flying helicopter flying over the area starting Monday, July 11th, don’t worry – it’s unlikely that there’s been another pit bull shooting – it’s most likely a chopper that’s conducting radiological readings around the Puget Sound area.
“The helicopter will fly a grid pattern at an altitude of about 300 feet to collect data,” reads the City of Burien’s website. “Mapping the normal amounts and location of radioactive material will provide a baseline for comparison to assess contamination if there were a nuclear incident like the events in Fukushima.”
The Washington State Department of Health is overseeing the project as the U.S. Department of Energy’s Remote Sensing Laboratory Aerial Measurement System conducts the flyover.
The project has been in planning since 2009 and is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
More information about the project is available on the Aerial Radiological Survey website here.