The U.S. Department of Energy’s Remote Sensing Laboratory Aerial Measurement System, overseen by The Department Of Homeland Security, will be used during aerial radiation readings in Washington State that may be classified for national security purposes.
A helicopter will be flying through both King and Pierce Counties carrying the radiation detection equipment that can record gamma radiation readings. If the readings are normal they could be used as baseline levels in the event of a future emergency.
Washington State Department Of HealthInterestingly enough, this aerial radiological survey is taking place just as the real extent of the damage at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan has become public
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.
Local governments officials have claimed that the survey was planned since 2009 and is not a direct response to Fukushima.
Read more - http://theintelhub.com/2011/07/11/radiation-data-from-aerial-radiological-survey-in-washington-state-may-be-classified-for-national-security-purposes/