Friday, November 09, 2007

Six arrested in Congo radioactive dumping scandal

This is a follow-up to my earlier post. The authorities have found the alleged dumpers of tons of radioactive material into a Congo river.

Perhaps it isn't clear, but dangerous things I can't see scare the shit out of me. That's why I post about E coli, radiation, formaldehyde and such.
Congolese authorities arrested six people in connection with the dumping of tonnes of highly radioactive minerals into a river near the southeastern town of Likasi, the environment minister said on Friday.

A quarantine zone was also set up around the site, just 10 km (6 miles) from the mining town of 300,000 people, where tests on Thursday revealed radiation levels nearly 50 times the limit for mineral exports from Democratic Republic of Congo.

Congo launched an inquiry on Wednesday after officials in the southeastern province of Katanga said radioactive copper and cobalt ore appeared to have been dumped into the Mura river, a source of drinking water for Likasi.

Via Reuters.



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