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[cdn-nucl-l] It's NOT the "anti's;" nor the "media."
We have met the enemy! And "US" can fear-monger for funds for another century!
(And this isn't even ICRP/NCRP!) Let's direct our efforts to the right
targets! Stop blaming "THEM!"
THE COLD WAR'S LEGACY: NUCLEAR CONTAMINATION
The Cold War may be long gone, but it has left a legacy of nuclear
contamination that will endure and may have far-reaching environmental
effects. Scientific investigations in the Russian Arctic of how radioactivity
is transported through rivers and ocean currents reveal dangerously high
levels of radioactive elements in the marine environment. Environmental
concerns about such radioactive contamination have led to studies of Russian
waste dumpsites, rivers, nuclear fuel reprocessing plants, and off-shore
A team of U.S., Canadian and Russian scientists has found some of the highest
levels of radioactive plutonium ever measured in the marine environment in the
sediments of Chernaya Bay, a former Soviet Union nuclear weapons test site.
The elevated levels could threaten the local fishing industry, according to
the researchers' report published in Continental Shelf Research and Earth and
Planetary Science Letters. The research indicates not only elevated levels of
plutonium in the sediments, but also high levels of radioactive cesium and
cobalt. Measurements taken of organisms in the sediments indicate that
radioactive contamination has spread to the food chain.