Although you cannot see or smell radiation, it can be detected using instruments specifically designed for that purpose. Nuclear power stations are designed and built to prevent release of radiation. Should a nuclear incident occur, state health officials would monitor levels and advise the public about protective actions that may be needed.
While there have been no radiological or nuclear events in Clatsop County’s history, there remains a quantity of radioactive fuel stored at the retired Trojan Nuclear Plant in Columbia County. It must be pointed out however, that the safeguards that have been put into place to secure that materials are such that only the most remarkable series of cascading incidents are likely to result in an accidental release.