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Legacies And Perils From The Perspective Of The Republic Of The Marshall Islands Nuclear Claims Tribunal

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At the birth of the Atomic Age in the 1940s, mankind's attention was focused on World War II. Following the war, the major powers had a keen interest in the future use of atomic weapons. Scientific interest in long-lived, man-made radionuclide behavior in the ocean and lagoon sediment and seawater in the Northern Atolls of the Marshall Islands1 originated with the conduction of the United States Nuclear Testing Program. From 1977 to 1980 the United States completed a cleanup of the test site at Enewetak Atoll. Part of the cleanup resulted in the storage of nuclear waste materials at Runit Island in the atoll. Commercial catch of tuna in Marshall Islands waters is monitored and no restrictions attach to the catch and sale of these fish in foreign markets as a result of nuclear testing.

Keywords: marshall islands; nuclear testing; radionuclides; runit dome



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