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Marshall Islands nuclear waste dome cracked

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Eldorado

"U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres raised concerns Thursday that a concrete dome built last century to contain waste from atomic-bomb tests is leaking radioactive material into the Pacific.

"Speaking to students in Fiji, Guterres described the structure on Enewetak atoll in the Marshall Islands as "a kind of coffin" and said it was a legacy of Cold War-era nuclear tests in the Pacific."

Full report at CBS News: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/enewetak-atoll-dome-un-antonio-guterres-concerns-marshall-islands-structure-leaking-radioactive-material-pacific/

At EnGadget: https://www.engadget.com/2019/05/17/un-warns-nuclear-waste-leaking-pacific/?

"US 'nuclear coffin' on island in the Pacific could be 'leaking' radioactive sludge into the sea"

At Fox News: https://www.foxnews.com/science/us-nuclear-coffin-leaking-radioactive-sludge

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The Wistman

Great.  Just finish off the Great Barrier Reef.  We haven't quite destroyed it yet.  What could possibly go wrong.

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Black Red Devil
39 minutes ago, The Wistman said:

Great.  Just finish off the Great Barrier Reef.  We haven't quite destroyed it yet.  What could possibly go wrong.

Going by this map of the deep oceanic currents the crap would do a twirl around the Pacific and head towards Indonesia.

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and then
2 hours ago, Eldorado said:

could be 'leaking' radioactive sludge into the sea"

A quick read tells two things - 1.  They have NO proof or even any sketchy evidence that it is actually leaking anything and 2.  "Of course, there are questions of compensation and mechanisms to allow these impacts to be minimized." 

Dare we inquire as to the real purpose of their concerns?

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The Wistman
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Well Fukushima's already defecating into the Pacific, how much more harm could there really be anyway.  I'd suggest learning to forego that tuna though.  Just out of an abundance of caution.  After all, we wouldn't want it to affect our own families now would we.

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Eldorado
14 hours ago, and then said:

A quick read tells two things - 1.  They have NO proof or even any sketchy evidence that it is actually leaking anything and 2.  "Of course, there are questions of compensation and mechanisms to allow these impacts to be minimized." 

Dare we inquire as to the real purpose of their concerns?

"Runit is a far-flung coral speck surrounded by shimmering blue lagoons, a tiny outpost of the Marshall Islands.

"It’s also Ground Zero of the South Pacific or, as one Marshallese calls it, “a big monument to a giant American ****-up”."

https://www.abc.net.au/foreign/the-dome/9198340

"An inspection last year found that the dome was deteriorating, and the radioactive groundwater below rises and falls with the tides. Storms wash sand onto the dome; vines grow in the cracks.

"As things now stand, the Runit dome is likely to be submerged by rising seas or torn apart by storms, releasing its radioactive poison into the ocean and compounding the legacy our advanced civilization has left to this tiny island nation."

https://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/04/opinion/a-pacific-isle-radioactive-and-forgotten.html

"Now the Dome is cracking and leaking. Storm tides flood over it. Seawater is inside it. The fear is that a typhoon will break the whole thing apart and spew its radioactive contents into the ocean."

https://www.abc.net.au/foreign/the-dome/9198340

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RoofGardener

Hmmm.. I have to share @and then's skepticism over this. 

The article just mentions the UN Secretary General. It never mentions the UN department that gave her this technical advice. Nor does it mention any American response to the issue. This seems .. atypical .... for a UN report ? 

Also... what EXACTLY is supposed to be held in this 'dome' ? it says "radioactive soil and ash". 

Ash ? WHAT ash ? Plus, any radiation would surely have dissipated from the soil decades ago ? 

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