‘Environmental Bomb’: Norway Struggles to Salvage Highly Toxic Nazi Sub

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For 15 years, the inhabitants on the island of Fedje have been waiting for the government to act on U-864, a Nazi submarine with a 65-tonne load of mercury, one of the deadliest toxins. The submarine sank during World War II off Norway’s coast and has been lying on the seabed for over 70 years.

Norway will investigate whether new technology can salvage the U-864, a highly toxic Nazi submarine, in a more secure way than previously agreed upon, national broadcaster NRK reported.

The U-864 lies at a depth of 150 metres outside of Fedje in Hordaland County. It was first stumbled upon by the Navy in 2003. The wreck is estimated to contain 65 tonnes of mercury, one of the world’s most dangerous pollutants. Previously, the Norwegian Food Safety Authority urged pregnant and breastfeeding women, and young children to abstain from eating seafood caught near the wreck.

After 15 years’ rumination on what to do with the toxic wreck, the Norwegian government concluded in the autumn of 2018 that the submarine should be left on the seabed and sealed with a leak-proof cover. However, a new round of debate will be held on what is safest for the environment.

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The Norwegian Coastal Administration has announced a new tender for the job assigned by the Ministry of Transport and Communications, thus putting on hold plans to cover the submarine by 2020.

“Until further notice, the…

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