Dumping of Radioactive Waste at Sea – Map

Burial of Radioactive Waste at Sea
Burial of Radioactive Waste at Sea

 Source:  USAF Radioisotope Committee, “Burial of Radioactive Waste in the USAF,” Wright-Patterson AFB, 15 March 1972.

 Page 26, section (2), refers to burial of radioactive waste at sea in 2 locations. 1. 72° 43” west longitude: 38° 40” north latitude, 2. 123° 6” west longitude: 37° 40” north latitude

“(2) Burial at Sea

Burial of radioactive wastes at sea has been authorized. Burial in inland lakes is prohibited. Disposition of considerable quantities of radioactive wastes must be limited to areas located beyond the continental shelf and at depths of approximately 1000 fathoms, or in areas established by the U. S. Navy for the dumping of explosives and other hazardous materials. Proximity to areas commonly used for fishing .or for •submarine cable “shall be avoided. Two currently approved Navy disposal.. sites are: for East Coast Areas — 72° 43′ west longitude; 38° 52′ north latitude and for West Coast Areas — 17.3° 6` west longitude; 37° 40′ north latitude. Containers must have sufficient weight and density in order to sink; a specific gravity of 1.4 (87 lb per cubic foot or greater) is required. Each container must be weighed and calculations made to insure that it will sink.”

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