Accession Number : ADA336931

Title :   Nuclear Wastes in the Arctic: An Analysis of Arctic and Other Regional Impacts from Soviet Nuclear Contamination

Corporate Author : OFFICE OF TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT WASHINGTON DC

PDF Url : ADA336931

Report Date : SEP 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 248

Abstract : This report examines the environmental and human health impacts from wastes dumped into the Arctic and North Pacific regions, from nuclear contaminants discharged into these environments, and from radioactive releases from both past and future nuclear activities in the region. The report presents what is known and unknown about this waste and contamination and how it may affect public health. Because so many factors are involved and science cannot provide absolute answers to many questions, this study emphasizes the need for care, caution, awareness, and prudence. It also stresses the need for a stable and enduring institutional framework and international cooperation for long term observation and monitoring.

Descriptors :   *ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT, *RADIOACTIVE CONTAMINATION, *NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN, *ARCTIC REGIONS, NUCLEAR RADIATION, NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS, RADIOACTIVITY, CONTAMINANTS, WASTE MANAGEMENT, RADIOACTIVE WASTES, PUBLIC HEALTH, RADIATION HAZARDS, RADIOACTIVATION ANALYSIS.

Subject Categories : Radioactiv, Radioactive Wastes & Fission Prod
      Radiation Pollution and Control

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE