The objective of this chapter is to ensure that radioactive wastes are safely managed, transported, stored and disposed, with a view to protecting human health and the environment. At the beginning of the Conference only one non-finance paragraph remained in brackets: the disposal and storage of radioactive waste near the marine environment (22.5(c)). As the US was unwilling to retain the text as stated, the Netherlands was asked to conduct consultations. Compromise text was agreed upon that emphasizes that states, in cooperation with relevant international organizations, will determine the risk of the disposal or storage of radioactive wastes near the marine environment. The final text has only one programme area: promoting the safe and environmentally sound management of radioactive wastes.