[ RadSafe ] Scientists: Test West Coast for Fukushima radiation

emgoldin emgoldin at yahoo.com
Wed Mar 12 12:51:30 CDT 2014

According to a news article (not exactly PNAS) the Long Beach State biology prof says cesium is concentrated 20-fold in kelp. Samples will be dried, ground to a powder, and counted by Lawrence Berkeley national lab. Can't ask for better analytical capabilities. 

Eric Goldin,  CHP

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From: Brad Keck <bradkeck at mac.com> 
Date:03/12/2014  10:11 AM  (GMT-08:00) 
To: Eric Goldin <emgoldin at yahoo.com>,"The International Radiation Protection (Health Physics) Mailing	List" <radsafe at health.phys.iit.edu> 
Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] Scientists: Test West Coast for Fukushima radiation 

Thanks Eric,  good to know what is going on off our Pacific coast.

Just wondering if there is a rationale to think one may observe Cs-134 in kelp when it is not observable in sea water with a method that has an excellent "concentration factor?" 

It seems that it would be much more difficult to get the equivalent of 20kg of plant material into your well detector! 

Bradly D. Keck, PhD, CHP

> On Mar 12, 2014, at 10:01 AM, Eric Goldin <emgoldin at yahoo.com> wrote:
> In addition to that excellent work by Woods Hole, the news out here was buzzing with the announcement recently that San Diego State (and maybe Long Beach State) biologists were going to be collecting and analyzing kelp from Southern California for evidence of Fukushima-related radioactivity.  Apparently, at least one radiation safety specialist from SDSU is going to be involved and I've pointed him to the annual radiological environmental operating reports for the two big nukes in California.  I know that for the San Diego and Orange County areas, kelp does show considerable amounts of I-131, all from medical administrations.  The highest levels are found in the immediate vicinity of the major sewage treatment outfalls.  Cs-137 is still detectable in many samples, including kelp, from weapons testing and Chernobyl.  Fukushima can only add a little to that.  Maybe Cs-134, if detectable, will prove Fukushima.  
> As someone recently said - the good news is that we can detect radioactivity at extraordinarily low levels.  The bad news is that we can detect radioactivity at extraordinarily low levels.
> It'll be interesting to see how the research project paints the picture of the expected kelp contamination.
> Eric Goldin, Ph.D., CHP
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