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US says leaking nuclear waste dome is safe; Marshall Islands leaders don't believe it

In response to a directive from Congress, the Department of Energy released a report this week assessing the risks of a 50-year-old cracking and crumbling concrete nuclear waste repository in the Marshall Islands, but the findings did little to ease the concerns of Marshallese leaders in the Central Pacific. The DOE report found that Runit Dome, a repository for atomic waste the United States produced during Cold War weapons testing, is sound and that radioactive leakage into the nearby lagoon is not significant. After Congress grew concerned last year about the leaking dome, it ordered the Department of Energy to produce a report on the dome's structural integrity amid climate change and rising sea levels. The report noted that while sea-level rise could increase storm surge, swells, and "lead to wave-induced over-wash of lower sections of the dome," there is not enough definitive data to determine "how these events might impact on the environment." Read more...




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