Professor Alexey Yablokov, advisor at the Russian Academy of Sciences, Feb. 6, 2014: “Fukushima spillage affects the life of the world ocean. I see no other way out other than to establish a constant and very careful radiation control of all seafood caught in the Pacific Ocean without exception”.
Steven Manley, marine biologist at CSU Long Beach, Feb. 5, 2014: “The public wants to know [...] Whenever you deal with radioactivity there’s a real sensitivity. People get scared. [...] People think there’s a conspiracy [...] We want to alleviate some of that.”
Laura Rogers-Bennett, California Department of Fish and Wildlife environmental scientist, Feb. 5, 2014: “It is a huge question.”
Pete Kalvass, a Department of Fish and Wildlife marine biologist in Fort Bragg, Feb. 5, 2014: “There’s a lot of misinformation out there.”
Perhaps this is what Kalvass was referring to?
- Wendy Hopkins, California Department of Public Health, Feb. 5, 2014: “There are no health and safety concerns to California residents [...] [We've] not seen nor heard of any data that suggests any abnormal radiation levels in sea kelp off the California coast.” — See Scientific American: “Giant kelp collected in the ocean off [California] after the March, 2011 accident [had] radioactive iodine [at] 250-fold higher than levels found in kelp before.”
- Santa Rosa Press-Democrat, Feb. 5, 2014: Fukushima’s crippled reactors are still leaking tainted water, at a rate of 300 tons – nearly 72,000 gallons – a day, according to a National Geographic report last year. The Pacific Ocean, with 187 quintillion gallons (187 with 18 zeroes) of water, dilutes Fukushima’s discharge. — The amount has been revised to 400 tons per day, according to the Japan Times; The claim that the radionuclides will be diluted by the entire 187 quintillion gallons of water in the Pacific on it’s way to the West Coast is routinely heard in one-sided ‘news’ articles. Yet, the radionuclides travel a relatively narrow path across the Pacific and will only be diluted by a very small fraction of the 187 quintillion gallons.
And: Study shows Fukushima nuclear pollution becoming more concentrated as it approaches U.S. West Coast -- Plume crosses ocean in a nearly straight line toward N. America -- Appears to stay together with little dispersion (MODEL)
Published: February 6th, 2014 at 3:17 pm ET