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that is important. Tracking of these pathways is necessary because not only do different radioactive substances have different half lives, but they are distributed through different pathways in the environment and target particular organs in the body. As the French study points out, smaller fish close to the plant's discharge pipes are more likely to carry radioactivity from the large insoluble particles which settle at the mouth of outlet pipes and so consumers of smaller fish are at greater risk from radioactive substances such as strontium 90 which concentrates in the bones. This cannot be dismissed as just one illustration and one study, for the astonishing dearth of literature on the subject has a lot to do with the secrecy which shrouds the operations of nuclear plants everywhere.

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