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News Concerns about radioactive contamination dog Rio Tinto’s Madagascar mine

The Rio Tinto-owned QMM mine in southeast Madagascar could be polluting water sources in the region with radioactive contaminants, activists say - Elevated background levels of radioactive uranium and thorium, and lead in water bodies near the mine, are most likely a result of mining activity, according to new analysis released by the Andrew Lees Trust UK - The company has refuted claims that it is responsible for high radiation levels in the environment, attributing them instead to the natural sources of radioactivity in the area - The lack of agreement about the existence and nature of the contamination means there is no clarity about remedial measures and who is responsible for providing safe drinking water to about 15,000 local people whose water sources could have been compromised.

by Malavika Vyawahare on 31 December 2019

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Source Mongabay
Release date 09/01/2020
Geographical coverage Madagascar
Keywords Rio Tinto, QMM, radioactive contaminants, water source pollution, unsafe drinking

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