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Sub-Seabed Disposal Of High Level Radioactive Waste: The Policy Context Then And Now

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This chapter contrasts the policy context surrounding the program to test the scientific, technical, legal and institutional feasibility of sub-seabed disposal (SSD) of high level radioactive waste (HLRW) from 1976 to 1987 with the context which exists from the 1990s to the present, given the resurgence of the nuclear power issue in the face of a massive problem of CO2 accumulation and its consequences. The chapter concludes with an assessment of how the science and the policy conflicts evolved in the first period and on what remains to be done in the context of the second period. It is difficult to see how the iron fertilization and deep ocean disposal options could argue that these strategies do not constitute dumping in the manner defined by both the original London Convention and the Law of the Sea Convention.

Keywords: high level radioactive waste (HLRW); Law of the Sea Convention; London Convention; policy context; sub-seabed disposal (SSD)



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