“Excessive levels of highly toxic strontium” detected in groundwater — Rainy season is raising levels of strontium contamination

Published: June 14th, 2011 at 8:46 am ET
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High Level of Toxins in Water at Japan Plant Raises Risks, Wall Street Journal, June 13, 2011:

Excessive levels of highly toxic strontium have been detected in seawater and groundwater at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex, the plant operator said Monday, a development that suggests an increased risk of radioactive contamination further entering the food chain. [...]

“With the arrival of the rainy season, more and more radioactive fallout is being washed into groundwater and the sea, raising the levels of strontium contamination,” said Ikuro Anzai, professor emeritus at Ritsumeikan University.

Strontium acts like calcium and accumulates in bones. [...] “Japanese people often eat small fish, such as sardines, whole, including the bones and head. There is therefore a risk of consumers taking in strontium from contaminated small fish,” Prof. Anzai said. [...]

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