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U.N. Secretary-Generalraised concerns Thursday that a concrete dome built last century to contain waste from atomic-bomb tests is leaking radioactive material into the Pacific. Speaking to students in Fiji, Guterres described the structure on Enewetak atoll in the as “a kind of coffin” and said it was a legacy of Cold War-era nuclear tests in the Pacific.
“The Pacific was victimized in the past as we all know,” he said, referring to nuclear explosions carried out by the United States and France in the region. In the Marshalls, numerous islanders were forcibly evacuated from ancestral lands and resettled, while thousands more were exposed to radioactive fallout.
The article goes on to state the following:
Guterres, who is touring the South Pacific to raise awareness of climate change issues, said Pacific islanders still needed help to deal with the fallout of the nuclear testing. “The consequences of these have been quite dramatic, in relation to health, in relation to the poisoning of waters in some areas,” he said.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres raises concerns a concrete dome built last century to contain waste from atomic bomb tests is leaking radioactive material into the Pacifichttps://t.co/gylSM6PmTj
— AFP news agency (@AFP) May 16, 2019
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