Hawaii Hawaii Tourism Authority seeks to ease radiation fears By Shane Nelson / March 18, 2011 Share 1 -- Hoping to ease concerns about the potential impact of increased radiation from Japan on the Aloha State, the Hawaii Tourism Authority distributed a March 17 bulletin to its industry partners and the media containing statements from both President Obama and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. “I want to be clear,” the president said. “We do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the United States, whether it’s the West Coast, Hawaii, Alaska or U.S. territories in the Pacific. … That is the judgment of our Nuclear Regulatory Commission and many other experts.” The HTA bulletin also contained a link to a March 13 U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission release that contained the following statement about a potential increase in harmful radiation in Japan: “Given the thousands of miles between the two countries, Hawaii, Alaska, the U.S. Territories and the U.S. West Coast are not expected to experience any harmful levels of radioactivity.” To view the president’s comments, click here. To read the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s release, click here.