[ RadSafe ] Article on Chernobyl

Conklin, Al (DOH) Al.Conklin at DOH.WA.GOV
Mon Mar 30 10:54:02 CDT 2009

I noticed an article in the Tacoma Washington paper earlier this week
describing an article in the journal Biology Letters by Anders Moller of
the University of Paris-Sud and Timothy Mousseau, describing a
dramatically lower number of insects and other invertebrates in the area
around Chernobyl 22 years after the disaster. They also state that "the
numbers of organisms declined with increasing contamination." 
This seems contrary to all I've heard and read about the animal
population thriving in those areas. Does anyone know about this study or
these two researchers and whether their results are credible or not?

Al Conklin
Lead Trainer and Health Physicist
Radiological Emergency Preparedness Section
Office of Radiation Protection
Department of Health
office: 360-236-3261
cell: 360-239-1237

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