Marine Chemist: “I’m convinced there are ongoing leaks”– A century of contamination? — Cesium levels not decreasing, same as July

Published: January 12th, 2012 at 12:00 am ET
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Fukushima’s Impact on the Ocean Analyzed, IEEE Spectrum by Prachi Patel, January 12, 2012:

[…] cesium-137 concentrations have stayed at near constant levels since July, implying that radioactive water is still being released, either directly from the reactors or indirectly from groundwater […]

Ken Buesseler, a marine chemist at Woods Hole who is involved with researching ocean radiation off of Fukushima

“I’m convinced there are ongoing leaks” […]

“Even if you plug all leaks and shut down reactors, groundwater keeps leaching into the ocean and these waters and contaminated sediments can be a long-term source of cesium-137 for decades to a century” […]

Accumulation of radionuclides in marine sediment is the main concern, says Buesseler. […]

Organisms that live in or on sediment, such as worms, shellfish, and bottom feeders, could be exposed to high radionuclide concentrations. “For a population that eats a lot of seafood, this is certainly of concern,” Buesseler says.

Read the report here

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