Russia says old nuclear satellite poses no threat – International Herald Tribune

“MOSCOW: Russia’s military said Wednesday that an old Soviet-built nuclear-powered satellite has spewed fragments in orbit, but insisted they do not threaten the international space station or people on Earth.”

via Russia says old nuclear satellite poses no threat – International Herald Tribune.

Another example of the underplayed and  extremely dangerous overlap between military applications and environmental risk.

Sloppy reporting follows:

“In 1978, the Soviet Cosmos-954 nuclear-powered satellite scattered radioactive debris over a lightly populated area of Northern Canada on its fiery re-entry, but caused no¬†injuries.”

Cancer is common everywhere, so of course it is possible that this radioactive debris has caused injuries, either in Nothern Canada or beyond.