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constituted the largest unintentional release of radioactivity into the
ocean in history. Public concerns in the United States over the safety
of seafood and the marine environment have grown, given that ocean
currents are predicted to be bringing low-level contamination to our
shores this year.
general lack of a United States government effort to monitor radiation
along the West Coast has only increased public anxieties. As a marine
radiochemist, I have relied on private foundations and even
crowdsourcing (ourradioactiveocean.org) to track Fukushima radiation arriving on our shores.
more than 20 nuclear reactors near American coasts and many more around
the world’s oceans, surely one of the key lessons is the need to expand
our understanding of what constitutes an appropriate level of both
preparedness and response, including studies of ocean radioactivity."
KEN BUESSELER Woods Hole, Mass., July 28, 2014
The writer is director of the Center for Marine and Environmental Radioactivity at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.