Radioactive Fish from Fukushima River

From today’s Japan Times…

Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012

Cesium in trout 110 times over limit

A mountain trout caught in the Niida River in Fukushima Prefecture contained 11,400 becquerels of radioactive cesium per kilogram, more than 110 times above the government limit for food products, a survey by the Environment Ministry showed.

Presenting its findings Friday on cesium in fish and insects in rivers, lakes and sea in Fukushima, the ministry said it also detected 4,400 becquerels of radioactive cesium in a smallmouth bass and 3,000 becquerels in a catfish caught at the Mano Dam in Iitate.

The maximum threshold for food items is 100 becquerels per kilogram.

It is only the second time the ministry has conducted such a survey, after undertaking a study between December and this February. The first data were published in July.

“Like the previous survey, concentrations (of cesium) tended to be higher in rivers and lakes than in the sea. We want to grasp the extent of pollution by continuously conducting the survey,” a ministry official said.

It doesn’t sound from the article like the Environmental Ministry is looking very hard. How many people may be eating fish with unknown levels of contamination?

The devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March of 2011 was a natural disaster.

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant meltdowns created an un-natural disaster that is not over yet.

We have tough choices to make as we plan our energy future, but nuclear is too costly, centralized and vulnerable to be an answer.

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