- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - Colorado State University is helping pay the salary of a radiation expert to study the environmental effects of the 2011 meltdown at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi (foo-koo-SHEE’-mah dy-EE’-chee) nuclear power plant.

Colorado State said Thursday it is co-sponsoring Thomas Hinton’s salary at Fukushima University in part because it will provide CSU students with access to the site for research.

Hinton examines how radiation affects wildlife and the environment. He has studied how gray wolves were affected by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine, then part of the Soviet Union.

Hinton is coordinator of the Strategy for Allied Radioecology, a European agency, and is a graduate of Colorado State.

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