[ RadSafe ] Rad waste dumping off Somalia(?)

Brennan, Mike (DOH) Mike.Brennan at DOH.WA.GOV
Fri Apr 24 12:01:09 CDT 2009

I don't particularly doubt that foreign fishermen are going to Somalian
waters and vacuuming up what they can, as you have to fish where the
fish are, and as a world-wide community fishermen do not have a good
record of sound stewardship of the resources.  

As for the claim that European governments are dumping rad and hazardous
wastes off the Somalia so close that the barrels wash ashore: this is
best answered in an old style computer program.

10 X=1
20 PRINT "HA, "
30 X=X+1
40 IF X<1000 GOTO 20
50 PRINT "HA!"
60 END

The question that would need to be asked is why would anyone in Europe
pay to have a ship go all the way to Somalia, through the Suez Canal
(with non-trivial tolls) to dump in shallow waters off Somalia when they
could dump it in much, much deeper waters in the Atlantic for much less
money?  Even from the Eastern Mediterranean there are cheaper, easier
places to illegally dump than off of Somalia.    


-----Original Message-----
From: radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl [mailto:radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl] On
Behalf Of Steven Dapra
Sent: Thursday, April 23, 2009 6:40 PM
To: radsafe at radlab.nl
Subject: [ RadSafe ] Rad waste dumping off Somalia(?)

April 23

	At the link below will be found an article from the Independent
(UK) whose author (Johann Hari) claims that European governments have
been dumping rad waste into the ocean off the coast of Somalia.  Hari is
probably not a very reliable source, however he claims to have been told
this by the United Nations envoy to Somalia.  True or not, has anyone
heard any rumors about rad waste being dumped off Somalia?


Steven Dapra
sjd at swcp.com

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