The article on the cover this month is from R. Nelson and colleagues, who have looked at trace levels of radioactivity in air, water, and milk samples in the United States over several weeks following the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in March last year.
The article found that while levels of certain cadmium, technetium and iodide radionucleotides were elevated, these levels were still ‘well below any level of public and environmental concern’. As with all our cover articles, this one is free to access* for 6 weeks:
Radioactive fallout in the United States due to the Fukushima nuclear plant accident
P. Thakur, S. Ballard and R. Nelson
J. Environ. Monit., 2012, DOI: 10.1039/C2EM11011C
Also in this issue is our regular news feature from Mike Sharpe, who this month has news on the direction of the EU’s future environmental policy, new additions to the US EPA National Priorities List of Superfund sites, continued discussions from the nuclear industry, and much, much more.
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