Title: Tab on radioactivity in seas off Sri Lanka
Source: Sri Lanka News, Online edition of Daily News – Lakehouse Newspapers
Author: Disna MUDALIGE
Date: March 3, 2012
A special programme to monitor radioactive substances in the seas off Sri Lanka has been commenced by the Atomic Energy Authority with the aid of International Atomic Energy Authority (IAEA) and local stakeholders.
The intention of this programme is to analyze the impact on Sri Lankan seas from the radioactive leakage of the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan last year. During this leakage, radioactive contaminated water had mixed with sea water posing a threat to aquatic life. [...]
A special seminar to educate local specialists with regard to this special programme was held at the AEA recently.
Representatives from Environmental Conservation organizations, NARA, marine and aquatic life conservation organizations, university professionals and experts participated in this seminar.
The IAEA had proposed this project in the seas off 17 IAEA member states of the Asian Pacific region to monitor radioactive substances in sea water by collecting samples of sea water, sea plants and fish. [...]
Australian expert Ronald Szymczakiaer of the IAEA arrived in Sri Lanka last week to provide necessary guidance for this programme.
The marine samples collected from selected 10 places in Sri Lanka within 1km distance from the shore would be checked for radioactive substances, specially for caesium 137.The programme would be continued for next two years.
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Published: March 2nd, 2012 at 3:57 pm ET