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Blue Flag Fears after Wet Weather

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7:00am 25th July 2012

Pirate FM has learnt some of Cornwall's top beaches could be stripped of their Blue Flags.

It is because the wet start to the summer sent pollution soaring.

Overflow pipes have been working overtime, pumping waste out to sea.

Doctor Rob Keirle from the Marine Conservation Society said: "You've got some iconic resorts in Cornwall and to think that they're going to be impacted. That they might have their Blue Flags taken away, or the MCS recommends they have them taken away next year just because of bad weather this year really is heart breaking.

It is claimed that, in some areas, waste washed off fields along with sewage has sent toxin levels soaring by 5,000%.

Doctor Keirle urged officials to deal with the problem. He said: "They've certainly shied away from diffused pollution, from the livestock waste being washed off fields, from dog muck being washed off streets into drains, into rivers and into seas. We need to be thinking more outside the box about how we deal with some of these problems."

One swimmer at Porthtowan beach told Pirate FM: "This is the twenty-first century. We don't have sewage going down pipes into the sea. Do we?"

7:00am 25th July 2012

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