New Zealand's nuclear-free policy bans nuclear weapons, ships and power, but not nuclear science. In the past, some of the radioactive waste generated by that science went into landfills. What hidden dangers remain in our soils?
When the community newspaper the Wellingtonian ran a story recently about radioactive waste buried in a suburban park, it appeared to come as news to the Wellington City Council. "New Zealand is nuclear-free, so we didn't expect anything like that!" exclaimed the council's Johan Simeonov.
Yet, it was the council that, in 1964, approved the burial of the waste in what was then Wilton tip and is now Ian Galloway Park. There had also been media exposure about it in 1988, and the story has appeared again in three books* in the past few years.
Not that the stuff is illegal. New Zealand's ...
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