High radioactivity recorded in Israel

Worringly high levels of radioactivity have been discovered in southern Israel's underground water table.

    The Dimona nuclear plant is situated in the Negev desert

    According to scientific research published on Wednesday, t

    he soaring radioactivity levels measured in the Negev Desert

    and in the Arava valley are

    caused by natural radioactive elements such as

    uranium and radon gas.

    But Professor Avner Vengosh, who co-authored the study by Ben Gurion

    University,

    dismissed

    any relation between the abnormal findings and the nearby nuclear

    plant of Dimona, also in southern Israel.

    Contaminated water?

    "This phenomena has spread throughout the area," he said,

    referring to Jordan and Egypt's Sinai desert.

    "We discovered concentrations of radium reaching up to 10 times

    the normal average in (Israel's) water table," he added.

    Officials in the environment ministry have advised local fish

    farmers not to use the water for fear it will contaminate fish

    destined for human consumption.

    The agriculture ministry insisted however that no contaminated

    fish had been found in the area.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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