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Tuesday, 14 January 2014

California schools announce Fukushima testing: Imperative we monitor for any Fukushima contamination “that will be arriving this year” in ocean — LA Times

claims levels are declining, fails to inform readers of radioactive plume crossing Pacific Manhattan Beach, CA Patch, Jan. 13, 2014: Cal State Long Beach researchers will monitor the state’s kelp forest for radioactive contamination from the meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, it was announced Monday. Traces of radioactive iodine from the March 11, 2011, earthquake, tsunami and meltdown were detected about a month later in kelp along the Orange County shoreline. Steven L. Manley, CSULB biology professor an expert in marine algae and kelp (Emphasis Added): “The California kelp forest is a highly productive and complex ecosystem and a valuable state resource. It is imperative that we monitor this coastal forest for any radioactive contaminants that will be arriving this year in the ocean currents from Fukushima disaster. I receive calls and emails weekly from concerned visitors and Californians about the effect of the Fukushima disaster on our California marine life. I tell them that the anticipated concentrations that will arrive are most likely very low but we have no data regarding its impact on our coastal ecosystem. Kelp Watch 2014 will provide an initial monitoring system at least in the short-term. This entire initiative is unfunded by any state or federal policy.” More quotes from Berkeley that aren't worth posting (Trust issues, anyone?):
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