Carl Safina’s Blog, June 9, 2012 (emphasis added): Bluefin Tuna Carrying Safe Fukushima Nuclear Radiation [...] Nicholas Fisher, in whose Stony Brook** lab much of the analyses were done, phoned to invite me to dinner with Dan Madigan, lead author of the published study, and Zofia Baumann [...] Dr. Fisher hit me with the findings and I said, “Holy shit.” He explained that the fish were quite safe to eat, and I said, “Holy shit.” [...] [Madigan] said he would expect that certain seabirds are also quickly spreading radiation across the ocean and I said, “Holy shit.” [...] we spent a lot of time talking about the ubiquity of background radiation (even bananas have “radiation”), about safe levels of radiation [...] We talked about migrations, about birds called sooty shearwaters and how they breed in New Zealand, fly past Japan, fly through Alaskan waters, come down the coast of California [...] leatherback turtles [...] migrate past Japan to feed in the jellyfish grounds off California and Oregon [...]
MSNBC, April 9, 2011 (emphasis added):
Carl Safina, Stony Brook University** adjunct professor in Marine Sciences and host of PBS series ‘Saving the Ocean with Carl Safina’: The amount of [Fukushima nuclear waste] that’s in the water right now, if there’s no more leaking, is not likely to be a health threat to Americans. [...]
Alex Witt, MSNBC: That’s what people say, ‘The Pacific Ocean will be able to absorb this, if you will, the churning whatever.’ To what extent? How much can the ocean take before it does become a problem? And might we get to that point?
Safina: Well if the release was continuous, like last year with the BP blowout for 4 months there was an uncontrolled release, if there’s an uncontrolled release of radioactive water for months, yes — it would be building up in the food chain. But the release was a pulse for a short amount of time [...] it will dissipate if the source remains stopped.
** The university “co-manages Brookhaven National Laboratory, joining an elite group of universities – including the University of California, University of Chicago, Cornell, MIT, and Princeton University – that run federal laboratories” (Source)
Today’s Wall St. Journal (1,061 days since Fukushima began leaking into Pacific): “[H]ighly contaminated water at the plant has been a problem since the March 2011 [...] meltdowns at three reactors [...] That has raised concerns of marine contamination in the ocean waters adjacent to the plant [...] the daily flow of contaminated water [is] 400 tons now.”
Published: February 4th, 2014 at 4:18 pm ET