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Oregon Official: Reports coming in of seafood with radioactive contamination

Oregon Official: Reports coming in of seafood with radioactive contamination, “They’re kind of secretive, they don’t want to give up their sources” — Locals concerned about impact Fukushima disaster is having on area fish (VIDEO)

Published: November 21st, 2013 at 2:09 pm ET


The Oregonian, Nov. 19, 2013: [...] A pocket of doubt persists despite reassurances from scientists and federal health regulators that Pacific-caught seafood is safe to eat. Health officials say Fukushima radiation doesn’t pose a public health threat in the United States. That hasn’t stopped lingering concerns. Christina Mireles DeWitt, director of Oregon State’s Seafood Research and Education Center in Astoria, said she’s noticed an uptick in worries recently. She receives about a call a week from concerned residents who’ve relayed second-hand reports of contaminated fish. Their stories aren’t specific, though, and Mireles DeWitt (who still eats seafood) hasn’t pinpointed what’s causing the increased chatter. “They’re kind of secretive,” she said. “They don’t want to give up their sources.” [...]

The Oregonian, Nov. 19, 2013: Fukushima radiation in Oregon fish; Andy Norris is concerned about the impact the Fukushima nuclear disaster is having on local fish — Oregon Filmmaker Andy Norris: [...] We’re pooling resources, we’re buying a community Geiger counter [...] This is a huge nuclear accident. It’s not done [...] 400 tons of radioactive water is being dumped into the Pacific each day [...] We think it’s prudent to be doing some testing [...] It’s not going to go away soon. It’s still coming over [...] This is going to go on for years, if not decades. [...] It’s a very sensible idea to buy this community Geiger counter [...]

Watch The Oregonian’s video featuring Norris here

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