The transportation of nuclear waste and emissions from radioactive material 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 waste will run aground on our coastlines.
Many coastal communities, including KIMO’s members, depend on an environment that provides fresh, clean and healthy resources. As a result, the damage caused by an accident on ship carrying radioactive waste could have potentially disastrous consequences. 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.
KIMO works proactively to persuade European governments to contain and concentrate nuclear waste, rather than diluting and dispersing waste in foreign locations. We also work closely with Nuclear Free Local Authorities, which is active in the UK and Ireland.