Anchorage Daily News
August 12, 2013
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska fishermen and fish consumers shouldn’t be
concerned about the new disclosures of radioactive water leaking into
the Pacific Ocean near the site of the hobbled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear
plant in Japan, according to an ocean chemist and a spokeswoman for the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The amount of radioactive material flowing into the ocean is
relatively minimal, compared to the size of the spills that occurred in
the wake of the meltdowns that occurred at the site in 2011 following an
earthquake and tsunami, said Ken Buesseler, a senior scientist at the
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts.
“We have a new release that’s smaller than 2011,” Buesseler said in a
phone interview. “And it’s still far away, and the ocean is big.”
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