Radioactive waste ban mulled – in Northeast Atlantic countries
DENMARK — Countries in the northeast Atlantic are debating a proposal to ban nuclear reprocessing there. Ten members of the 12-member OSPAR, the intergovernmental organization that regulates marine pollution from Gibraltar to the Arctic, have approved the proposal.
The controversial proposal followed live images taken by Greenpeace of liquid radioactive discharge from a processing plant in Le Havre, France. More than 1 million liters of liquid radioactive waste is poured into the sea there daily.
Environmental officials say the waste endangers the health of millions as prevailing currents spread contamination throughout Europe and as far north as the Arctic.
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