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Study finds Alaskan seafood is still radiation-free

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Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
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Alaska health authorities working with the FDA have again pronounced Alaskan fish free from radioactive contamination connected to the nuclear disaster in Japan more than four years ago.

Alaska seafood is still free of radiation from Japan’s 2011 Fukushima disaster, according to a report from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation released on Monday.

A second year of tests showed no detectable iodine-131, cesium-137 or cesium-134 in samples of cod, halibut, herring, pollock, sablefish and king, chum, sockeye and pink salmon.

The fish were collected from Bristol Bay, the Aleutian Islands and the Bering Sea, the Gulf of Alaska, and Southeast Alaska.

The DEC says the safety of Alaskan seafood has not been affected by the nuclear reactor damage in Japan.

Scientists at the Wood Hole Oceanographic Institution have found trace amounts of radioactive cesium in seawater off of British Colombia, but the amounts were thousands of times lower than what the U.S. EPA considers safe for drinking water.