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Threat From Radioactive Seafood Minimal: Experts April 8, 2011
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Some countries have banned the import of Japanese seafood due to radiation in the water around the crippled nuclear power plant.
Some experts are saying that radioactive water leaking and being released into the ocean from Japan’s crippled Fukushima 1 nuclear power plant shouldn’t pose a significant danger to sea creatures or the humans who eat them.

Oceanographer William Burnett of Florida State University, who specializes in naturally occurring radioisotopes in the marine environment, told The Associated Press that effects of radioactivity from the plant will be highly localized.

He said that marine life within a half mile or so of the plant could be in danger of genetic mutations or other problems if the leaks and dumping persist.

Marine chemistry expert Ken Buesseler of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution said the levels of radioactive iodine and cesium drop a thousandfold from the coast adjacent to the plant to about 19 miles offshore.

He told the AP that radioactive levels in seafood probably won’t be any more of a hazard that from what people normally get from land-based sources such as water and produce.

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