US officials have officially stated that the leak from the dome, under that there is nuclear waste, does not pose any danger. However, the experts do not agree with it. They gave risk assessments of the state of the nuclear waste storage facility, noting the destruction of concrete foundations. US Department of Energy officials have officially stated that the storage facility for atomic waste generated during Cold War weapons testing is reliable.
A small amount of leakage into the nearby lagoon cannot be called significant. Last year, Congress expressed concern about the state of the dome, calling for a report on its future in connection with a changing climate and rising sea levels.
The experts believe that rising water levels can lead to pressure on the lower parts of the dome. But so far there is no accurate data explaining the consequences of this situation. Rhea Christian-Moss, chairman of the Marshall Islands National Nuclear Commission, noted that the public did not see security guarantees, since there were no clear explanations in the reports and reports.
Previously, it was possible to draw up a detailed plan that transfers radioactive waste to another, safer and more stable place. The experts involved in the analysis of the factors of the impact of radiation on ecosystems believe that there is no exact data on whether the state of the dome will affect human health and the environment.
Thus, they propose to recognize the safety of the whole situation. However, the authorities of the Marshall Islands proposed their own version of the development of events, obliging the US authorities to assume all the risks associated with the leakage of the dome, under which there is dangerous nuclear waste.
No answer has been received yet. Congress signed the National Defense Authorization Act for 2020, according to which a plan to repair the dome and its environmental impact assessment in the lagoon will be provided over the next 20 years.
A year earlier, independent environmentalists made their statement, noting that the radiation background of the territory where the dome is located has already affected the ecosystem. As evidence, they cited examples of increased levels of radioactivity in giant mollusks living near the dome.