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Icebergs May Carry Radiation From Scrapped Russian Reactors

February 29, 1996|From Times staff and wire reports

Radioactivity from dumped Russian nuclear waste could be carried in icebergs to the Atlantic, where it would poison fish and pose risks to human health, according to a Norwegian scientist. The scientist, Per Strand from the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority, said the Soviet Union dumped 17 reactors and other radioactive rubbish into the Kara Sea, assuming it would affect only nearby waters that have few fish.

But satellite photographs show that while the local currents flow eastward, drift ice is blown in the opposite direction to areas where fish are more plentiful, Strand wrote in New Scientist.

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