LONDON & ALDERMASTON, UK
The conservationist group Greenpeace has accused the British government of planning to dump highly radioactive waste in the sea in defiance of all international regulations.
LONDON & ALDERMASTON, UK
1. CU PULL BACK SCU Details of restricted meeting minutes. 0.11
2. TRACKING SHOT EXTERIOR Aldermaston Research Establishment. 0.41
3. SV INTERIOR Interview with Greenpeace director Peter Wilkinson. (SOT) 2.06
TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: (SEQ 3) "Perhaps you could explain what the minutes revealed, that you have found?"
WILKINSON: "Well, they reveal that in January of this year, one month before the meeting of the London Dumping Convention, certain high-ranking people from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Department of the Environment, and indeed from the Aldermaston Weapons Establishment, have sat in secret to discuss ways in which they can dump radioactive waste which is classified by the International Atomic Energy Authorities as highly radioactive waste, and therefore is not allowed to be dumped under the terms of the London Dumping Convention; and these minutes revealed that they had entered into discussions to decide ways in which this waste could be dumped."
REPORTER: "What's the implication of that to you?"
WILKINSON: "Well, the implications are that despite all the protestations by this government that they want to abide by the rules and regulations of the London Dumping Convention, there are secret meetings that prove to us that they've got nothing of the sort in mind. The implications are that the dumping of highly radioactive waste, which is the ultimate goal of this low level dumping programme, is already being discussed right now, and the government is already discussing ways in which it can possibly get round an international convention, and I think the final implication is that never again can a British representative stand up in a forum such as the London Dumping Convention and argue with any credibility about the stance of dumping. They're already planning now to dump highly radioactive waste."
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Background: LONDON & ALDERMASTON, UK
The conservationist group Greenpeace has accused the British government of planning to dump highly radioactive waste in the sea in defiance of all international regulations. The government has previously denied allegations of the plan. Quoting what he said were minutes of a secret January meeting between officials from the Defence and other ministeries, Greenpeace Director Peter Wilkinson said Britain planned to dump plutonium in the Atlantic, 800 kilometres (500 miles) southwest of England. He described the alleged waste as contaminated clothing and equipment from the nuclear weapons research centre at Aldermaston, in Southeast England. Informed sources have confirmed that the meeting took place, but said the ministeries involved disagreed on the proposed plan. Road, rail and seamen's unions in the United Kingdom have effectively blocked British plans to dump low-level radioactive waste in the Atlantic this year by refusing to handle it.
Source: REUTERS - LEO WALLER