MoD economical over jet fuel, free with dumping at sea

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has made the remarkable claim that jet fuel which is jettisoned by military aircraft has no effects on the atmosphere. Meanwhile, it is planning a major increase in its ammunition dumping operations at sea ahead of a dumping ban at the end of the year.

The MoD's claim about the harmlessness of jet fuel was made in a parliamentary answer by Defence Minister Archie Hamilton.1 This revealed that reported fuel jettisoning incidents involving the RAF's Phantom jets alone totalled 262 between 1980-91.

Asked to say what assessment the MoD has made of the environmental consequences of fuel jettisoning, Mr Hamilton said that pilots are instructed to carry out the operation under "care

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