Scientist: Leading edge of Fukushima plume is now showing up on West Coast — Fish Market Owner: My customers have a lot of concerns about the nuclear contamination, they’re very smart and educated… I didn’t expect this much concern (AUDIO)
November 29th, 2013
KPFA, Nov. 29, 2013:
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Wang H, et al. (2012)
Paul Johnson, owner of Monterey Fish Market: People are very concerned about it. I think that anytime that you have an issue like this coming out of the cold war and everything; people have brought a lot of concerns about nuclear waste along with that. Particularly here in Berkeley [California] people are all very smart, educated. People really want to know exactly what is going on. […] I didn’t expect quite as much concern from the retail customers.
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Han G J, et al. (2013)
Ken Buesseler, marine radiochemist and Senior Scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution: I’ve seen some Canadian data that the front edge of that plume is starting to show up in trace quantities — we’re talking about something that is 10,000 times lower than our drinking water standards [...] but it’s showing, confirming what the models predict.
[Note: Fish bio-concentrate cesium-137 at a rate of 100 times the level found in the surrounding water. For seals and sea lions it's up to 1,000 times. Source: IAEA]