SchwartzReport: Update on Fukushima and West Coast

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Stephan A. Schwartz
Stephan A. Schwartz

This is, I think, the best assessment of our current understanding of the impact of the Fukushima crisis on the American West Coast.

Scientists: Test West Coast for Fukushima Radiation
TRACY LOEW – USA TODAY

SALEM, OREGON — Very low levels of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster likely will reach ocean waters along the U.S. West Coast next month, scientists are reporting.

Current models predict that the radiation will be at extremely low levels that won’t harm humans or the environment, said Ken Buesseler, a chemical oceanographer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution who presented research on the issue last week.

But Buesseler and other scientists are calling for more monitoring. No federal agency currently samples Pacific Coast seawater for radiation, he said.