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Keywords:

  • Radionuclides;
  • Nonhuman biota;
  • Marine environment;
  • Nuclear power plants;
  • Nuclear accidents

Abstract

The accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, precipitated by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck the northeastern coast of Japan in March 2011, has raised concerns about the potential impact to marine biota posed by the release of radioactive water and radionuclide particles into the environment. The Fukushima accident is the only major nuclear accident that has resulted in the direct discharge of radioactive materials into a coastal environment. This article briefly summarizes what is currently understood about the effects of radioactive wastewaters and radionuclides to marine life. Integr Environ Assess Manag 2011;7:365–367. © 2011 SETAC