• Short Summary

    OFF OSTEND, BELGIUM

    Fears of a leak of radioactive material into the North Sea are increasing as bad weather prevents salvage teams from reaching the cargo of the French nuclear waste whip Mont Louis.The ship sank 20 kilometres (11 miles) off the Belgium coast on August 25, after colliding with the passenger ferry Olau Britannia.The Mont Louis was carrying radioactive material from France to the Soviet Union for processing into fuel for nuclear reactors.Heavy seas broke the hull of the ship in two.Although several empty barrels have been recovered after floating to the surface, and another was found on the Belgian coast at Dehaan, divers have been unable to check the cargo.A spokesman for the company which manufactures the containers for the radioactive sodium hexafluoride said that even if they are released onto the sea bed they are strong enough to make the risk of leaks extremely unlikely.Scientists monitoring the situation have not detected any increase above normal background radioactive levels.Chemists say if a spillage occurs, the material will release a highly toxic acid on contact with water, which could cause internal burns if inhaled.

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    1. GV ZOOM IN TO SV Mont Louis underwater, breaking up 0.16
    2. GV Chemical cannisters retrieved from Mont Louis aboard recovery ship 0.24
    3. SV Tug (unidentified) 0.28
    4. GV ZOOM INTO CU Waves breaking over Mont Louis wreckage 0.39
    5. CU & SVs Mont Louis broken in half (4 SHOTS) 1.04
    InitialsBB/JRS

    NOTE TO EDITORS: VISNEWS REGRETS THE OMISSION OF PRODUCTION NUMBER 5489/84, BELGIUM "MONT LOUIS", WHICH COULD NOT BE SUPPLIED IN THE SYNDICATION FOR WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, BECAUSE OF A TECHNICAL PROBLEM. IT IS INCLUDED IN TODAY'S CASSETTE WITH APOLOGIES FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE CAUSED.
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    Background: OFF OSTEND, BELGIUM

    Fears of a leak of radioactive material into the North Sea are increasing as bad weather prevents salvage teams from reaching the cargo of the French nuclear waste whip Mont Louis.The ship sank 20 kilometres (11 miles) off the Belgium coast on August 25, after colliding with the passenger ferry Olau Britannia.The Mont Louis was carrying radioactive material from France to the Soviet Union for processing into fuel for nuclear reactors.Heavy seas broke the hull of the ship in two.Although several empty barrels have been recovered after floating to the surface, and another was found on the Belgian coast at Dehaan, divers have been unable to check the cargo.A spokesman for the company which manufactures the containers for the radioactive sodium hexafluoride said that even if they are released onto the sea bed they are strong enough to make the risk of leaks extremely unlikely.Scientists monitoring the situation have not detected any increase above normal background radioactive levels.Chemists say if a spillage occurs, the material will release a highly toxic acid on contact with water, which could cause internal burns if inhaled.

    Source: TONY MARRINER, GREENPEACE

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    Film ID:
    VLVA412W6UQC3U900D7N5KUHTOOH2
    Media URN:
    VLVA412W6UQC3U900D7N5KUHTOOH2
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/09/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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