Last Updated on August 5, 2015

Russia has a long history of dumping radioactive materials, wastes, and entire submarines into the Kara Sea. I don’t recall any of this being mentioned leading up to, during, or after the recent World Olympics. It’s a pity The world sat by and watched a 50+ billion dollar grand opening, put on by a country that appears to be unwilling to invest even a fraction of that kind of money into cleaning up the nuclear mess it is leaving on the Earth and in the seas for millions of years to come.

The oceans belong to WE THE PEOPLE. Just what exactly have they dumped there?

The Kara Sea

The Kara Sea

Location of Kara Sea

The Kara Sea is, in effect, part of the Arctic Ocean. It is important to keep that in mind. What’s in solution in the Kara Sea is likely in solution in the the Arctic Ocean. The Arctic Ocean is connected to every other ocean in the world, and most closely with the North Atlantic Ocean. So when we talk about an individual “sea” it is ultimately an arbitrary distinction that can mislead us into thinking it’s an isolated body of water. It is not, except in the very few cases of the land-locked seas (Aral Sea, Caspian Sea, Dead Sea, Great Salt Lake, Salton Sea and Sea of Galilee).

Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA)

The Norwegian Government is one of the more pro-active parties investigating Russian nuclear dumping into the Arctic. The Kara Sea is closely connected to the Norwegian Sea. NRPA have done extensive studies to determine exactly what Russia has dumped in the Kara Sea, and what condition these items are in.

The NRPA Kara Sea Findings

Tetcehninya Bay
– Two reactors of the nuclear submarine K-22 (N538) (dumped in 1988) Without SNF (spent nuclear fuel)
Sedova Bay
– Reactor compartment of the atomic icebreaker Lenin (1967) Without SNF
Tsivolky Bay
– 237 containers with RW With Radioactive Waste
– Shielding assembly of the atomic icebreaker Lenin (1967) With SNF
Stepovogo Bay
– Nuclear submarine K27 (1981) Two reactors With SNF
– Four reactor lids
Kara Through
– Reactor of the nuclear submarine K-140 (N421) (1972) With SNF
Abrosimov Bay
– Two reactors of the nuclear submarine K-3 (N254) (1988)
– Reactor compartment of nuclear submarine K-5 (N260) (1967) With SNF
– Reactor compartments of the nuclear submarines K-11 (N285) (1966) and NS K 19 (N901) (1965) With SNF

(Jonathan: Highlighting and bold/italic emphasis is mine)

Further Reading

Here is an article based on a preliminary report from NRPA – http://bit.ly/191hwc9

There are a lot of informative links on this page: http://www.barentsinfo.org/Content-by-Category/Environment–Nature/Nuclear-safety