Research on options for nuclear waste disposal in the oceans, as opposed to disposal on land, is being done because of mounting difficulties of site management: some political, others geological. ‘The Ocean, as a commonly owned (or unowned) resource, is not protected by market place and political forces,’ according to K. S. Kamlet (Oceanus, 24, Spring 1981). Societal restrictions and a relatively unstable geological environment are problems that would be minimized in the use of ocean sediments as a disposal site for high-level nuclear wastes.
There are strong proponents for using the oceans and ocean floors as a repository for waste. For example, in a recent article (Oceanus, sup.), E. D. Goldberg of Scripps Institution on Oceanography states.