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Nuclear waste 'to be dumped at sea'

London - The environmental group Greenpeace said a Russian tanker was on its way to dump a shipload of nuclear waste in the Sea of Japan. A Greenpeace ship off Russia's Far East coast reported that a ship laden with radioactive waste, towed by a tug and escorted by a scientific monitoring vessel, had left a submarine base at Pavlovsk and was heading for a dumpsite 'around 240 nautical miles west of Hokkaido'. Greenpeace said the waste was mostly reactor coolant and cleaning water from the Pacific Fleet's dilapidated nuclear- powered submarines. Reuter