National Geopraphic: Fears are mounting that Fukushima radiation could lead to dangerous contamination levels in seafood from Pacific — At least for now fish are not glowing so ‘eat up’!

Published: September 12th, 2013 at 2:26 pm ET
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Title: Fukushima Fallout Not Affecting U.S.-Caught Fish
Source: National Geographic (Center for American Progress)
Author: Michael Conathon, CAP Director of Ocean Policy
Date: Sept. 11, 2013

The new revelations about the amount of [radioactive] water leaking from the [Fukushima] plant have caused a stir in the international community and led to additional scrutiny of Pacific Ocean seafood. [...]

Now, fears are mounting that the radiation could lead to dangerous contamination levels in seafood from more of the Pacific Basin. [...]

[Ken Buesseler, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute:] Mike- I like [your] line
Let’s be clear: leaked radiation is bad. This is a problem that needs urgent, international attention. But at least for now, I’m happy to reassure Joe Romm and all the parents of Facebook: your fish are not glowing with Fukushima radiation. Eat up!

It goes without saying that we should monitor our seafood and water quality with extreme care. [...]

[Buesseler:] By the time tuna are caught in the eastern Pacific, cesium levels in their flesh are 10-20 times lower than when they were off Fukushima. [...]

An area of greater concern to Buesseler is the increasing quantity of strontium-90 detected in the waters near Fukushima. [...]

More to come from ENENews about this report, including a deeper look at some of the claims made by the author, a former legislative assistant to a Republican senator.

Published: September 12th, 2013 at 2:26 pm ET
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