The transportation and emission of nuclear waste pose a threat to the health of our oceans. Increased reprocessing of radioactive waste and its transportation by sea increases the risk of a serious nuclear accident.
The number of vessels transporting spent nuclear waste by sea is increasing. In time, the probability is that a vessel carrying highly toxic nuclear waste will run aground on our coastlines. The environmental impact of such an incident would be appalling. The short-term devastation in combination with the long-term effects of radioactive pollution would cause a huge amount of damage to our precious coastal environments.
The potential impact on coastal communities from an accident or incident caused by a terrorist attack would be devastating. Many coastal communities, including KIMO’s members, depend on an environment that provides fresh, clean and healthy resources. The irreparable damage to the environment, public health and economy that could arise as a result of an accident involving a ship carrying nuclear waste would have potentially disastrous consequences.
KIMO works proactively to persuade European governments to contain and concentrate nuclear waste rather than diluting and dispersing waste in foreign locations: