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At 4:05 p.m. CST today Monday March 5, 2018 I changed my outside HEPA radiation monitoring station filter.

Please expect a slight elevation in radiation detection as a result due to this increased airflow.

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South Beloit, Illinois - GMC200 Outside on HEPA air purifier, ground level, facing West.
http://netc.com/chart/view.php?n=1%3AEB5A139C


Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:16 pm
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Today I woke up to an audio alarm that my station has elevated radiation levels. I then noticed that my outside radiation monitoring station and the St. Charles Illinois outside station (independent station - 70 miles away) are both showing elevated levels of radiation detected. Here is a screen capture showing both stations and their status: https://ibb.co/bw9YOS

While doing research today looking for a source of the radiation, I have not yet been able to find anything that stands out to me. Our nearest nuclear plant is the Byron plant but I'm unaware of any reactor outages there currently. I'll update later if I have more information.

Let me add that while these levels are obviously elevated, these levels would not be considered a nuclear emergency.

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MY OUTSIDE RADIATION MONITORING STATION:
South Beloit, Illinois - GMC200 Outside on HEPA air purifier, ground level, facing West.
http://netc.com/chart/view.php?n=1%3AEB5A139C


Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:12 am
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I just changed my outside radiation station filter at 10:18 CST on April 10th, 2018.

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MY OUTSIDE RADIATION MONITORING STATION:
South Beloit, Illinois - GMC200 Outside on HEPA air purifier, ground level, facing West.
http://netc.com/chart/view.php?n=1%3AEB5A139C


Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:21 am
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I just changed my outside radiation station filter at 10:30 CST on May 16th, 2018.

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MY OUTSIDE RADIATION MONITORING STATION:
South Beloit, Illinois - GMC200 Outside on HEPA air purifier, ground level, facing West.
http://netc.com/chart/view.php?n=1%3AEB5A139C


Wed May 16, 2018 10:31 am
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At 3:41 CST on June 13, 2018 I replaced my outside radiation monitoring station filter.

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MY OUTSIDE RADIATION MONITORING STATION:
South Beloit, Illinois - GMC200 Outside on HEPA air purifier, ground level, facing West.
http://netc.com/chart/view.php?n=1%3AEB5A139C


Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:47 pm
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Unfortunately on June 16th my outside radiation monitoring stations geiger counter became separated from the HEPA filter that I use with the unit to assist in the radiation detection. This shows on the graph. As a result, my normal background radiation reading on NETC records has dropped. Now that I have corrected my units problem, I expect my site to have a short-term elevated radiation reading according to NTC's previously recorded low (June 16th - June 24th) readings.


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MY OUTSIDE RADIATION MONITORING STATION:
South Beloit, Illinois - GMC200 Outside on HEPA air purifier, ground level, facing West.
http://netc.com/chart/view.php?n=1%3AEB5A139C
Sun Jun 24, 2018 11:43 am
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Last night around 11 p.m. CST I went outside (Illinois-Wisconsin border) and smelled a burning smell. It smelled like burning wood. Today I woke up and looking at the NETC radiation map, I see many stations (EPA and NETC) showing elevated levels or radiation. I went to the EPA AirNow map to see if I could find a source and it was easy to see the fires in Colorado are where it is coming from, traveling through the jet stream. You can view my AirNow screen shot here: https://s22.postimg.cc/fszhoy7lt/Screenshot_2018-07-03_at_7.17.40_AM.png

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MY OUTSIDE RADIATION MONITORING STATION:
South Beloit, Illinois - GMC200 Outside on HEPA air purifier, ground level, facing West.
http://netc.com/chart/view.php?n=1%3AEB5A139C


Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:50 am
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The Colorado fire is not slowing down and it's not getting any smaller either, as seen here: https://s22.postimg.cc/kohktlnv5/Screenshot_2018-07-04_at_10.12.15_AM.png

My radiation readings are still elevated from my normal range and considering my HEPA filter is almost 30 days old while still getting these elevated readings clearly means that if I changed my filter (allowing more airflow) my readings would be much higher than they currently show. Today the EPA AirNow website does show my area in yellow, which is listed as:

EPA AirNow Website wrote:
AQI: Moderate (51 - 100)
Air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.


Here is a screen shot from the EPA AirNow website: https://s22.postimg.cc/750qnortt/Screenshot_2018-07-04_at_10.05.36_AM.png

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MY OUTSIDE RADIATION MONITORING STATION:
South Beloit, Illinois - GMC200 Outside on HEPA air purifier, ground level, facing West.
http://netc.com/chart/view.php?n=1%3AEB5A139C


Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:22 am
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At 12:36 p.m. CST today (Sunday July 15, 2018) I changed my outside HEPA radiation monitoring station filter.

Please expect a slight elevation in radiation detection as a result due to this increased airflow.

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MY OUTSIDE RADIATION MONITORING STATION:
South Beloit, Illinois - GMC200 Outside on HEPA air purifier, ground level, facing West.
http://netc.com/chart/view.php?n=1%3AEB5A139C


Sun Jul 15, 2018 12:41 pm
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