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October 13, 1962

The Dumping of Atomic Debris

JAMA. 1962;182(2):34-35. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050410130044

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Abstract

Apanel of scientists of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Research Council has advanced a plan that would allow containers of low-level atomic debris to continue to be dumped on the ocean bottom without danger to human beings or fish. They also say it would not interfere with commercial and sport fishing, off-shore petroleum production and mining, or transportation and recreation.

The atomic debris results primarily from the use of radioisotopes in West Coast hospitals and research laboratories. The scientists, headed by John D. Isaacs, professor of oceanography and director of marine life research at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, made the report at the request of the Atomic Energy Commission.

They said that "no physical damage to human beings need result from the sea disposal of atomic waste." The members of the panel advised that as many as 20 disposal areas, if

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