Hope this hasn’t been posted already. (Actually I hope it HAS been posted, as I think people should know what’s happening to our oceans.) I did a
search and found threads on mustard gas, and trash being dumped, but not nuclear waste.
OCEAN DUMPING OF
“Every year millions of liters of radioactive waste are being routinely pumped into the sea
from nuclear reprocessing plants. Each year, the total amount of radioactivity discharged
into the environment from Europe’s giant reprocessing plants at Sellafield, in the United
Kingdom, and La Hague, in France, exceeds that dumped in many of the world’s 80
known ocean dump sites.
National governments, which finally recognized the danger of dumping radioactive waste
into the sea from ships, continue to allow the same waste to be pumped directly into the
ocean. This practice poses a health risk to millions of European citizens and a threat to
the environment. It must be stopped.
Discharges of radioactive waste into the north-east Atlantic are regulated by the OSPAR
Commission which consists of: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland,
Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland,
the United Kingdom, and the European Union.”
Also found this…….. Russian Toxic Dumping in the Arctic Sea
Dumping of highly radioactive wastes at sea has been banned
worldwide for more than three decades, still it has been revealed
that Russia (the former Soviet Union) has been dumping highly
radioactive materials in the Arctic Sea (more precisely the Barents
Kara Seas) since the late 1950s. This act has international
implications, especially in view of Russia's relations to the
Scandinavian countries (in particular Norway), as rich fishing
grounds could be threatened. The Norwegian Prime Minister said the
dumping represents a "security risk to people and to the natural
biology of northern waters" , and the former Minister of Foreign
Affairs Johan Jorgen Holst stated that Russian pollution was "the
biggest security problem Norway faces." Today scientists are
trying to assess what possible damage the dumping might have done
to the fragile environment of the Arctic region.
And this dump off the west coast of USA
Farallon Island Radioactive Waste Dump walrus.wr.usgs.gov...
More than 47,800 drums and other containers of low-level radioactive waste were dumped onto the ocean floor west of San Francisco between 1946 and
1970; many of these are in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.
Then there is Hanford! It is a huge mess…and I didn’t know this but it has the potential to explode as well.
Radioactive Waste Management
Radioactive waste from one of the first nuclear bomb plants is so volatile that the clean-up problems have stymied the experts. The plant at the
DOE's Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland, Washington, is the nation's largest repository of nuclear waste. There, 177 tanks contain more than
57 million gal (26 million l) of radioactive waste and toxic chemicals, byproducts of plutonium production for nuclear weapons. The DOE and
Westinghouse Corporation (the contractor in charge of Hanford's clean-up) are still not sure exactly what mixture of chemicals and radioactive waste
each tank contains, but a video taken inside one tank shows the liquid bubbling and roiling from chemical and nuclear reactions. Corrosive, highly
radioactive liquids have eaten through Hanford's storage tanks and are being removed to computer-monitored, carbon-steel storage tanks. The cleanup
at Hanford could cost as much as $57 billion. The only other country known to have had a waste problem as large as the one at Hanford is the former
Soviet Union, where a nuclear waste dump exploded in the nuclear complex at Chelyabinsk in 1957, contaminating thousands of square miles of land.
Both the Savannah River site and the Hanford site pose the risk of the kind of massive nuclear waste explosion that occurred at Chelyabinsk
Ok Ill stop for now. This could go on forever. Just do a few searches, and you will find we have dumped this waste all over our oceans. Very sad state