PARIS, Oct. 27 — “This is the biggest single outflow of man-made radionuclides to the marine environment ever observed,” the Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) said in a press release, reports the AFP.
The IRSN said that, for the Pacific generally, cesium levels would ultimately stabilize at “twice the concentration that prevailed during atmospheric nuclear testing in the 1960s.”
“Significant pollution of seawater on the coast near the damaged plant could persist,” because of continuing runoff of contaminated rainwater from the land, it said.
Published: October 27th, 2011 at 10:47 am ET
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