High Potential for Danger: Barrels of nuclear waste found by journalists — 60 trillion becquerels of radioactivity dumped (PHOTO)

Published: April 12th, 2013 at 10:07 am ET


Title: Legacy Danger: Old Nuclear Waste Found in English Channel
Author: Nicola Kuhrt
Date: April 12, 2013

German journalists have discovered barrels of radioactive waste on the floor of the English Channel […] It was previously thought the material had dissipated […]

[…] a new investigative report from the joint French-German public broadcaster ARTE has concluded that the waste is still intact at the bottom of the sea.

[…] German public broadcaster SWR […] discovered two nuclear waste barrels at a depth of 124 meters (406 feet) just kilometers from the French coast.

[…] The British barrels are estimated to have contained 58 trillion becquerels (units of radioactivity), while the Belgian barrels held some 2.4 trillion bequerels. […]

‘High Potential for Danger’

[…]  “I believe that at such shallow depths these barrels pose a high potential for danger,” Green Party parliamentarian and nuclear policy spokesperson Sylvia Kotting-Uhl told the broadcaster. […]

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Published: April 12th, 2013 at 10:07 am ET


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31 comments to High Potential for Danger: Barrels of nuclear waste found by journalists — 60 trillion becquerels of radioactivity dumped (PHOTO)


    the gift that keeps on giving…

  • The isotopes are never mentioned by name.

    Is it Strontium, Plutonium… what?

    Must be something with a longer than 60 year decay rate or they wouldn't still be concerned. A mixture of 'goo', that's never any good.

    "Some 28,500 containers of radioactive waste were dropped into the English Channel between 1950 and 1963."

    "Experts have assumed that the containers had long since rusted open, spreading the radioactivity throughout the ocean and thus rendering it innocuous."

    NOTE: Spreading the radioactivity DOES NOT 'render it innocuous'.

  • When they filled the German Bight they moved on to dropping it round Africa…to the point where Somali's have radioactive storm tides…that's the real reason they put to speed boats to chase the foreign boats and try to win some recompense..



      story I got 53North, was Italian organized crime contracted through other EU members to safely dispose of 'toxic' waste. They shipped it along the African coast and the rest is history. There were even incidents where toxic wastes were trucked inland and disposed within the jungles. Within Italy itself, the mob injected unknown quantities of toxic wastes into deep wells. Now, most of the water coming from the adjacent and interconnected aquifers is deadly. All of these fools have condemned their own children to agonizing deaths.

      To quote Pinhead, "I have such wonders to show you."

  • Proton

    The nuke industry's red-headed step-kid.

  • pcjensen

    no wonder marine life is dying, let alone all the other toxins produced by industry and dumped into waterways by gov and illegal traffickers. they all need to be arrested.

  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    "Experts have assumed that the containers had long since rusted open, spreading the radioactivity throughout the ocean and thus rendering it innocuous."

    in·noc·u·ous (-nky-s) adj.

    1. Having no adverse effect; harmless.

    2. Not likely to offend or provoke to strong emotion; insipid.

    [From Latin innocuus : in-, not; see in-1 + nocuus, harmful (from nocre, to harm; see nek-1 in Indo-European roots).]


    More propaganda from the German nuclear machine.

  • patb2009

    why not try recovering these?

    if they are still intact, either pump them out down there, or try and hump the barrels back up in a cask, and put them into better storage. Good part is the short lived stuff is gone, but the longer lived stuff will need vitrification and storage

    • PavewayIII PavewayIII

      That would require two things that have ceased to exist on this planet:

      1. A responsible party that admits responsibility

      2. Wage-earning, middle-class taxpayers to milk for cleanup expenses

      Governments are focused on self-preservation, bread and circuses. My pet monkey is getting job offers from all over the world (circus-related, but a few government jobs as well). I don't mind, but he uses a damned annoying ringtone and it's LOUD. Stupid half-deaf monkey.


      depends on their condition patb2009. If they're standard gauge steel drums, they'll likely rupture. The best approach would be a mechanical system that surrounds the drum and digs beneath it in a cradling motion. At the same time, high-capacity pumps would draw in the surrounding water while the system's being raised to the surface. Aside from the technical challenges, you'd have to have a waiting barge that has the capacity to store any drawn water that's determined to be highly contaminated. This water would be filtered (as best as it can be) and returned to the ocean.

      Regarding the vitrification issue: I read recently where they failed to bring such a process-plant online. Think it is located at Hanford. I'm a big proponent of this concept. I know they're up-against some major material-science challenges in bringing a working system online. But if they succeeded, we'd be half-way home towards a solution to the devastating consequences of nuclear power technologies…

      • RichardPerry

        Vitrifacation has not worked it will break up after several years, dry cast seems good but is very costly, after a period of time can be stored at a good distance apart. This uses a lot of realty, again adding great cost plus security and supervision. They will have to bite the bullet and do it. guess who will not pay for this and who will. These costs will not be included in costs of nuclear power.

  • fill er up

    hopefully humans will die off so the better animals can live on

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Nuclear waste is discarded recklessly, and this is just more proof.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Its much worse than we have been told and it will continue as long as Nuclear Technology is allowed.

    Soon all the fish will be gone and then we will follow the same course to our eventual human extinction…

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Children are taught to respect their elders . . .

    why . . . ?

    The elders are so stupid . . .

    They make me sick . . .

    I'm a half century old myself . . .

    What are we leaving our children . . .?

    Where is the terrorist investigation . . .

    Our own generational heritage …. dirty bombs on the sea floor.

    I have lived through the greed of this generation . . .

    I have been left with crumbs, and never had children, because I would want my children to be secure. I am now glad that I have none. I worry about yours. Filthy lying worthless 1 percent . Enjoy your 1000 inch high-definition images of a planet dying. While I have to worry about getting pulled over for just a seatbelt. This world blows. and sucks. Hope your children live long lives to enjoy the slobber dripping from their orifices and counting their children's toes. Wow, baby girl has 35 toes look at her , ain't she cute? Tickle the toes under her armpits! Now the ones between her toes! And baby boy is crying … awww. What's wrong? OH MY … Uncle Benny!!!!!!!!!!! Come quick, baby boy's head just fell off!

    Seriously, what would Spock think? Eye brow raises . . .


      brilliant thoughts unincredulous. Especially like the "dirty bombs" thing. As bitter as it was, you are sooo correct in your words…

    • m a x l i

      When I watched that a few times, all the spaceship's crew spoke german and Spock always said: "Faszinierend!"

    • We Not They Finally

      I understand. But try not to be so cynical, because that can hurt your spirit.

    • redwing redwing

      "I have been left with crumbs, and never had children, because I would want my children to be secure. I am now glad that I have none."

      You and me both. There's a chance that people of our age might miss out on the horror that is to come, but the young are truly and totally fucked.

      We are constantly made to bend knee to the chorus of "Do it for the children!" but when it comes to the things that really matter, we never do.

    • many moons

      scary true….we've thrown away the miracle of life for paper and metal….we have discard for money something that you can't buy with all the riches in the world….we aren't smart enough to continue as a species, the planet will be better off without us.

  • We Not They Finally

    At some point, the U.N. did an international treaty to curtail dumping of radioactive barrels at sea. But France still dumps radioactive water into the English Channel directly through its re-processing plant, Areva. To get some idea of this problem world-wide, google "Secret Nuclear Waste: The Dark Side of Humanity" on YouTube. It's disturbing.

  • irhologram

    Getting weary of folks shrugging off their own humanity, saying we're all no good because its human nature to "take,it" while "they" take it from us. Actually, it's human nature to cast off the yoke, as the march of history through The Enlightnment proved. In England, as human rights were hard fought…journalists were disemboweled and their guts were set on fire in front of their eyes. We got beyond that. Some of what I'm hearing (certain only not all) sounds a lot like a circular argument in defense of doing nothing. The human race is no GD good:therefore I can "piss and moan" and call for our extinction because people like me "piss and moan" rather than do anything. Huh? Whazzat???

    • many moons

      maybe some of us are in the acceptance stage of this event…It's been 2 years and some of us are further into the process of grieving

  • Mack Mack

    From an IAEA report—>

    Between 1946 and 1982,

    63 PBq of radioactive waste (from research, medicine and nuclear industry activities) were put in metal drums which were "lined with a concrete and bitumen matrix" and dumped into the sea.

    From 1950 to 1960 "unpackaged" and liquid waste was dumped, too.

    Radionucludes dumped into the sea include Strontium90, Cesium137, Iron55, Cobalt58, Cobalt60, Iodine121, Carbon14, Tritium, Plutonium and Americium

    See map on page 2 which shows where they dumped the radioactive waste.

    It was even dumped off the coast of New Zealand.


  • Keen

    DannieJ said "Bullshit. All animals follow the same pattern when presented with a large resource base.
    We eat; we fuck; we die off. Deal with it."

    This is all true but there is one fundamental difference between animals and industrialized humans. Animals do not create garbage or toxic waste. Even when they overpopulate every thing they do feeds in to a self correcting and regulating biological stream. The consequences of their actions are much shorter lived and are not really comparable. If garbage was illegal we would be busted.

  • RichardPerry

    Many people in government and industry have known for years that these barrels are there. These people that have not reported this years ago should be ashamed of them selves, the governments should be demanding that all people knowing of these storage practices notify them and if they do not and found later that they did not report will be prosecuted.

  • Cavebear Cavebear

    'Radionucludes dumped into the sea include Strontium90, Cesium137, Iron55, Cobalt58, Cobalt60, Iodine121, Carbon14, Tritium, Plutonium and Americium'

    The lifespan of the light emitting matter in our universe (before everything gets dark and all stars are burned out) is estimated to be around 10 billion years. The half life of Thorium 232 is (14 billion) years. Means that long after the universe is practically dead, the shit we produced in our nuke plants is still 'glowing' (radiating). What a great technology we have. It even endures the end of the universe!