Radioactive Strontium Found in Hilo, Hawaii Milk, Forbes blog, April 27, 2011:
A radioactive isotope of strontium has been detected in American milk for the first time since Japan’s nuclear disaster—in a sample from Hilo, Hawaii—the Environmental Protection Agency revealed yesterday. [...]
EPA found 1.4 picoCuries per liter of strontium-89 in a milk sample collected in Hilo on April 4. [...]
The EPA’s Maximum Contamination Level for Sr-89 in drinking water is 20 pCi/L. …
The two man-made isotopes of strontium—Sr-89 and Sr-90—are among the most dangerous products of nuclear fission to human and animal health. Both are “bone-seekers,” chemically similar to calcium, that collect in bone and marrow, where they are known to cause cancer. They are particularly dangerous to the growing bones of fetuses and children. [...]
Read the report here.
Published: April 27th, 2011 at 6:26 pm ET