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Ocean groups protest radioactive waste dumping


"The London Convention, in force since 1975 and the London Protocol, in force since 2006, are meant to protect our seas. But there are loopholes. The nuclear fuel reprocessing facilities in France and Great Britain discharge their liquid radioactive waste into the sea through pipes, a practice which is not covered by the Protocol. In 1997, when Greenpeace divers measured the radioactivity at the pipe from the French La Hague reprocessing plant, the radioactive discharges were found at levels higher than those set by the European Community for controlled nuclear waste."

'Ocean groups around the world have long protested pollution. Now they are turning their sights to the renewed dumping of radioactive waste. Their first target was the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant site in Japan where in 2017, Japanese officials announced that they proposed to dump 770,000 tons of radioactively contaminated water into the Pacific ocean."