Fukushima School Swimming Pools As High As 100,000 bq/kg

School swimming pools in Fukushima have been found to have some with over 100,000 bq/kg, concentrated in mud in the pools. A pool in Fukushima City registered 119,461 bq/kg. from the mud at the bottom of the pool. One in Minamisoma had 8,468 bq/kg.

Both pools had not been cleaned out since the March 2011 disaster. Asahi Shimbun mentions some schools cleaned their pools early on but dumped the contaminated water and silt back into the environment. This would contribute to the environmental contamination and can make its way into rivers and streams.

The central government is responsible for aiding the clean up due to the high levels but so far have not done anything to clean up the pools. The pools are yet another example of places where radiation can hyper concentrate and pose a risk if they are not discovered and dealt with.

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