Set regulatory ban on marine burial of nuclear waste
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Background information and definitions
The disposal of nuclear and radioactive waste at sea was practised by 13 countries from 1946 until 1993, when it was banned following international treaties. However, enforcement is lacking in parts of the world, where illegal dumping is reported to occur. Disposal within the sediment (sub-sea burial) is currently prohibited but has been proposed by various countries and may be an option in the future (Hollister & Nadis 1998). Setting pre-emptive regulatory bans on the sub-sea burial of nuclear waste may help prevent the occurrence of associated threats to marine mammals.
Hollister C.D. & Nadis S. (1998) Burial of radioactive waste under the seabed. Scientific American, 278, 60–65.