State to expand gamma radation testing

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is expanding testing for gamma radiation in Alaska seafood through funding from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

    The expansion includes collecting more samples, in more locations, and testing additional species to evaluate for gamma radiation and potential local environmental contaminants.

    Last week it was reported that the Government of Japan plans to release treated radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear plant in two years.

    Department Commissioner Jason Brune said “Over 50 percent of our nation’s seafood comes from Alaska’s waters and we want to re-assure markets that this resource is of the highest quality.”

    The State has been monitoring for radiation in Alaska seafood since the initial Fukushima incident occurred in 2014.

    The Department’s Environmental Health Laboratory has the only Portable Gamma-ray Analysis System deployed to a state laboratory in the country.  

    Using FDA standard analytical methods, no detectable levels of gamma radiation have been found in Alaska’s fish since testing began.

     

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