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Scientists test kelp for traces of Fukushima radiation

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CSULB professor Steven Manley says he hopes Kelp Watch will provide infromation for those worried about radiation levels in the water after the Fukushima disaster of 2011. Sanden Totten / KPCC

Scientists across the West Coast plan to test kelp over the next year to see if it's absorbing radioactive material from the partial Fukushima nuclear meltdown.

Three years ago when the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan was hit by a tsunami, radioactive isotopes like Cesium-134 and 137 were leaked into the ocean. Water from that initial disaster is expected to reach the West Coast later this year. KPCC's Sanden Totten reports.

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