Rightttt, kill all of the aquatic life in the affect zone. The radiation should spread pretty nicely, though it would dissipate over distance but the
affects it would cause to the local area should be A-Okay.
I hate to answer a question with a question but... Why do you think using a "mini-nuke" would help the situation?
Setting it on fire might have helped contain it if done quickly but it could create an explosion if done to close to the source, or if it was too
concentrated. Regardless, I would hope that no one would set a massive oil spill on fire because it would make "good pictures from space".
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