Cesium and Strontium detected in Vermont Fish from Connecticut River

Fish taken from a lake in northern Vermont had similar levels of strontium-90 and cesium-137 as fish taken from the Connecticut River near Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon.  The fish taken from Lake Carmi were small-mouth bass and were taken from the lake by Vermont Fish and Wildlife fisheries personnel.

Cesium was found in both edible and inedible portions of the bass, he said, while strontium was found only in inedible portions, which include bones, the head, fins and scales.

During a Feb. 3 meeting of the House Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources Committee in the Vermont Statehouse, committee members heard from Bill Irwin, chief of radiological health for the Vermont Department of Health.  “We got preliminary results from our fish sample analysis from Lake Carmi in northern Franklin County,” Irwin told theReformer on Monday.

“The results are that cesium-137 and strontium-90 in Lake Carmi fish is in the same range as Connecticut River fish,” said Irwin.   In the same analyses, the fish had almost 500 times more potassium-40 in them than they do cesium-137, he said.

Source: The Reformer

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