MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont health officials say fish taken from a lake in northern Vermont showed about the same levels of two radioactive isotopes as those taken earlier from the Connecticut River near the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.
But he says the Lake Carmi fish tests show that low levels of radioactivity are all around us.
Fish taken from Lake Carmi in Enosburg Falls turned up strontium-90 and cesium-137 in their bones, findings which are believed to be tied to atmospheric testing of nuclear bombs decades ago and to the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986.
Strontium-90 was found in a recent Connecticut River fish sample in its flesh — the edible part. Health Commissioner Harry Chen says that's more of a concern than radioactive material in fish bones.
But he says the Lake Carmi fish tests show that low levels of radioactivity are all around us.

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