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Soil removal as a decontamination practice and radiocesium accumulation in tadpoles in rice paddies at Fukushima

Authors
Journal
Environmental Pollution
0269-7491
Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
187
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2014.01.002
Keywords
  • Agricultural Field
  • Nuclear Power Plant
  • Radiation Contamination
  • Rana(Pelophylax)Porosa Poros
  • Wetland
Disciplines
  • Biology

Abstract

Abstract We investigated the biological accumulation of radiocesium in tadpoles [Rana (Pelophylax) porosa porosa] in rice paddies with and without decontamination practice at Fukushima. Radiocesium was accumulated in surface part of soils both in the control and decontaminated paddies one year after decontamination. Mean 134Cs and 137Cs concentrations in tadpoles in the control and decontaminated paddies were 3000 and 4500, and 600 and 890 Bq/kg dry weight, respectively. Radiocesium concentrations in surface soil (0–5 cm depth) and tadpoles in the decontaminated paddy were five times smaller than in the control paddy. These results suggest that decontamination practice can reduce radiocesium concentrations in both soil and tadpoles. However, at the decontaminated paddy, radiocesium concentrations in surface soils became 3.8 times greater one year after decontamination, which indicates that monitoring the subsequent movement of radiocesium in rice paddies and surrounding areas is essential for examining contamination propagation.

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