Russian rocket stage with toxic fuel to fall in Canadian Arctic

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Another Russian rocket stage likely to be holding highly toxic fuel is slated to splash down in an environmentally sensitive area of the Canadian Arctic on Wednesday.

The rocket’s second stage is expected to fall into Baffin Bay — outside Canada’s territorial waters but within ocean it claims to regulate and control.

The area is part of the North Water Polynya, one of the most productive and biodiverse areas of the Arctic and heavily used by Inuit hunters.

The rocket is being used to launch a satellite from the European Space Agency, of which Canada is an associate member.

Canada has filed diplomatic protests over previous such splashdowns.

 

The Canadian Press

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