Nuclear Waste Dumping in the Ocean—Is It Over?

by Kenneth L. Govendo, Northern Marianas Coll, Saipan, Mariana Isl,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


At the Ninth Consultative meeting of the London Dumping Convention (LDC) in September, 1985, the nations of the world voted to indefinitely continue a two year moratorium prohibiting the dumping of any nuclear waste in the ocean. Part I of this paper briefly outlines the history of nuclear dumping. Part II analyzes the historic events of LDC 7 and 9 and addresses certain scientific arguments concerning the safety of nuclear waste dumping. Part III reviews Japan's proposal to open the Pacific to nuclear dumping and the reaction and events of the Oceania community. Part IV discusses the U. S. position on this issue.

Subject Headings: Radioactive wastes | Seas and oceans | Consulting services | History | Nuclear safety | Environmental issues | Oceanography | Safety | Oceania

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