High school student finds radioactive kelp at 145 cpm

Most of the official reports about radiation have said that there have been no significant findings. There was a recent report of    one high school student in Canada likes her sushi, but wanted to be safe.   She convinced her father to buy her a Geiger Counter and she started testing her food.

Armed with a $600 Geiger counter bought by her dad, Delacruz studied a variety of seafoods – particularly seaweeds – as part of an award-winning science project that she will take to a national fair next month.   “Some of the kelp that I found was higher than what the International Atomic Energy Agency sets as radioactive contamination, which is 1,450 counts over a 10-minute period,” she said. “Some of my samples came up as 1,700 or 1,800.”  Delacruz said the samples that “lit up” the most were products from China that she bought in local grocery stores.   Her results caught the attention of judges at the Peace River Regional Science Fair, who moved her project along to the Canada-Wide Science Fair in Windsor, Ont., in May.

If a high school student can find evidence of radiation over 100 cpm, which is regarded as a danger level, how hard can it be to find such problems?   Maybe the officials who report no increased radiation do not want to find increased levels of radiation.



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