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Mon Jul 6, 2015, 02:08 PM

Scientists Warn Giant Nuclear Sarcophagus in Marshall Islands Is Leaking

Source: Truthdig




One hundred and eleven thousand cubic yards of radioactive debris lies within Runit Dome in the Marshall Islands, a “hulking legacy of years of U.S. nuclear testing” whose fragile structure is vulnerable to breaking from violent weather associated with climate change.

“Runit Dome represents a tragic confluence of nuclear testing and climate change,” Michael Gerrard, director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University, who visited the dome in 2010, told The Guardian.

Now locals, scientists and environmental activists fear that a storm surge, typhoon or other cataclysmic event brought on by climate change could tear the concrete mantel wide open, releasing its contents into the Pacific Ocean. …

In total, 67 nuclear and atmospheric bombs were detonated on Enewetak and Bikini between 1946 and 1958 – an explosive yield equivalent to 1.6 Hiroshima bombs detonated every day over the course of 12 years.

The detonations blanketed the islands with irradiated debris, including Plutonium-239, the fissile isotope used in nuclear warheads, which has a half-life of 24,000 years.

When the testing came to an end, the US Defence Nuclear Agency (DNA – later the DoE) carried out an eight-year cleanup, but Congress refused to fund a comprehensive decontamination programme to make the entire atoll fit for human settlement again.

Read More: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jul/03/runit-dome-pacific-radioactive-waste

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abakan Jul 2015 OP
Angry Dragon Jul 2015 #1
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2015 #2
lpbk2713 Jul 2015 #3
abakan Jul 2015 #4
KamaAina Jul 2015 #5
Quackers Jul 2015 #6
csziggy Jul 2015 #7
tk2kewl Jul 2015 #8

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Mon Jul 6, 2015, 03:04 PM

1. Never knew it existed

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Mon Jul 6, 2015, 04:02 PM

2. Saw this on Facebook--horrifying.

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Response to abakan (Original post)

Mon Jul 6, 2015, 04:18 PM

3. Don't expect any help from rethuglicans in Congress.





Not if they are going to associate it with global climate change.

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Response to lpbk2713 (Reply #3)

Mon Jul 6, 2015, 04:20 PM

4. I don't expect Republicans to do anything, but make it worse.

They usually do.

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Mon Jul 6, 2015, 04:24 PM

5. Fukushima to the nth power.

 

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Mon Jul 6, 2015, 04:30 PM

6. Here's an interesting read about it from the local embassy.

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Mon Jul 6, 2015, 04:31 PM

7. Wonder what will come out of it?



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Mon Jul 6, 2015, 07:58 PM

8. It's time for some global re-accounting

 

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