Deutsche Welle, Aug. 28, 2013: No immediate risk for humans [...] “Fish that migrate to less affected waters will gradually lose much of their Fukushima-derived cesium,” [Buesseler] said, adding that there was no immediate risk for humans eating fish from outside the contaminated areas off the Japanese coast. [...] However, scientists remain concerned about the contamination of marine life in the long run. Both Buesseler and M. V. Ramana, a scientist and researcher at the Nuclear Futures Laboratory, Princeton University, warn that while some of the radioactive materials leaked will mix with the ocean water and become diluted, others, like Strontium-90 will get bound up in ocean sediments or accumulate in living creatures at concentrations greater than the surrounding water.
Studying Water off Fukushima (NHK), May 24, 2013 - Ken Buesseler, Wood Hole Oceanographic Institute: That area at the site has been contaminated from the cooling water used to keep the reactors cool during the disaster, and even today. Some of that water certainly is leaking back out to the ocean. These buildings have cracks. There was a melt-through, so there is definitely a contact of the radioactive materials with the groundwater. That groundwater flows into the ocean. I don’t think there is a question there. Those waters move, in about 2 years, from Japan’s coast to the US west coast. So there are questions and we need to be involved as Americans on our side of the Pacific, looking across at what’s happening on this side. So it becomes international very quickly. I think every ocean question almost by nature is international because the waters move across the boundaries, they don’t care whose water they are. So I think we need to be involved [...]
Published: August 29th, 2013 at 8:22 pm ET
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