March 2015 InFORMal Monitoring Update

March2015 w Labels
InFORMal scientist monitoring results from January and February 2015

Forty water samples have been collected between October 2014 and March 2015 from 13 communities along the British Columbia coast. Results* from 19 samples are currently available.

The remaining are currently in process with results expected in the near future. To date, no coastal samples have detectable (detection limit ~0.2 Bq m-3) levels of 134Cs, the radionuclide that is the fingerprint of Fukushima derived radiation due to its short half life (~2 years). All coastal samples have measureable levels of 137Cs (half life ~30 years), that is likely present because of atmospheric nuclear weapons testing that happened in the 1950s and 1960s and the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

*Note: Results are preliminary and may be slightly adjusted pending results from further chemical analysis.

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