. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Nuclear Waste Report

MOSCOW -- Radioactive waste that the Soviet Union dumped in Arctic seas is leaking through its containers, causing radiation levels in nearby areas to reach up to 100 times normal levels, officials said Friday.

The Emergency Situations Ministry said radiation levels in waters off the Novaya Zemlya archipelago exceed the norm by dozens of times, and in the nearby Stepovoi Gulf by 100 times, Itar-Tass reported.

Radiation levels in the Barents Sea are also above normal, the ministry said.

Chemical weapons dumps in the Baltic Sea are also causing contamination with heavy metals and arsenic, the ministry said, citing a study it had conducted over the past three years.