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4:22pm 1st November 2012

Scientists have found radioactive waste in a Cornish river.

A team from Plymouth University discovered uranium leaking into the Fal from an old mine.

They insist levels are low but more work is needed to measure the effects on the environment.

Associate Professor Will Blake said:

“What we need to recognise is that radioactivity is part of our natural landscape because of the geology in Cornwall.  We’re all very familiar with the issues of Radon in households and what we’re talking about here is really an extension of that. We’ve got a local hotspot and these have been exploited by past industry.

“When people talk about radioactivity and radioactive waste it sounds quite scary and certainly in the dose rates that one might get if one spent a lot of time around the mine and around the waste would be higher than background. But you’re certainly down the low end of the range.”

4:22pm 1st November 2012

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