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Global scientists plan Vancouver Fukushima session

The lack of available information about Fukushima-associated radiation risks in the Pacific Ocean and for North America’s Pacific Northwest region has caught the attention of a prestigious group of international scientists.

The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC)—which represents about 5,500 chemists, biologists, and toxicologists from more than 100 countries—is hosting a session on Fukushima’s continuing radioactive legacy during its 35th annual North American meeting, to be held in Vancouver this fall.

The rationale behind the session—according to an April 25 release from SFU faculty of environment adjunct professor and session cochair Juan Jose Alava—is to “stress the need to conduct lines of research and monitoring aimed to understand baseline data and bioaccumulation potential of radionuclides and radiation risks in the region” since the March 2011 nuclear-reactor-meltdown disaster in Japan.


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