No, it’s not Google gathering more information and it’s not Ben Bernanke making money drops. Starting today, The Department of Homeland Security is funding a study to determine current radiation levels in King and Pierce County. Helicopters will be flying a low levels in neighborhoods from now until July 28, 2011 to create a “baseline” measurement.
The helicopter will fly a grid pattern spaced about 600 feet apart at an altitude of 300 feet, flying at 70 mph. The results will be provided to local agencies from the surveyed area by year-end. Some of the data may be withheld for national security purposes. The state Department of Health has been planning this project since 2009.