Major science meeting on Fukushima’s link to wildlife problems on West Coast — Looking closely at extent of radiation coming into affected areas, and how to best assess impact — Human health experts ‘reevaluating’ radiation limits in seafood… FDA levels ‘not terribly protective’ (VIDEO)
Interview with Kristen Milligan (transcript excerpts), Oregon State University marine ecologist, by WheepingWillow2, June 13, 2014 (emphasis added):
- 3:00 in — In fact there’s a workshop happening — I think it’s in either Boston or Washington DC, they’re just finishing up this week — which is looking at, it’s an international group of scientists looking actually at the radiation in the environment from Fukushima and looking at how to best assess impacts on wildlife in the Pacific… So they’re currently hard at work trying to make a very good and robust risk assessment of that, and it’s very complicated.
- 5:00 in — There’s all these different stresses happening, and certainly Fukushima is one of them. Right now the scientists are looking closely at the question of to what extent the radiation is coming into the areas where along the West Coast, where we’re seeing these current ecological problems in the wildlife, and trying to balance that with all the other known things out there.
- 6:00 in — The plume is really starting to be predicted to come in, reaching things around this time, and that’s part of why [inaudible] scientists are working together in a workshop just this past week about this — to figure out how to best measure and also look at levels, and how that relates to the problems we are seeing with wildlife.
- 11:30 in — [Radiation levels in the tuna are] 3 times what they had been. It’s still well below the — whatever the, if you believe in FDA levels or not — which I actually used to work in water quality issues working on dioxin and DDT — and I think the FDA levels are not terribly protective. But there are other levels that are set by the EPA that are much lower than the FDA’s. The radiation levels in the fish are 3 times above what they had been, but they’re still lower than either one of those. That’s actually another thing that the workshop — that’s just been happening — is reevaluating, not just US scientists, but also human health experts from around the world.
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Full interview with Milligan available here