Newspaper article The Canadian Press

No Adverse Effects from 2011 Fukushima Nuclear Disaster on BC Coast: Researchers

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

No Adverse Effects from 2011 Fukushima Nuclear Disaster on BC Coast: Researchers

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Fukushima leaves little radioactive trace in BC

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VANCOUVER - Seven years after the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan released radioactive elements into the environment, researchers say those elements pose minimal risk to human or salmon health along British Columbia's coast.

A team of researchers at Simon Fraser University's nuclear science lab collected soil and salmon samples from the Quesnel and Harrison rivers and used a high-resolution gamma-ray spectroscopy to search for signs of radioactive isotopes.

The isotopes -- Cesium 134 and 137 -- are fission fragments that do not exist in nature and, therefore, can be directly attributed to nuclear reactions.

Lead chemist Krzysztof Starosta says that while they found evidence of the isotopes in both soil and salmon, the levels measured were very low. The team believes some of the lingering isotopes date back to 1960s nuclear weapons testing and the 1986 Chernobyl explosion.

"The levels found in both the salmon and soil samples remained below Canada's safety guidelines, posing minimal risk to B. …

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