Disused Mine May Pollute River

There are fears that rising water levels at a disused mine in Cornwall could pollute a river.

The Environment Agency is monitoring the situation at Wheal Jane, an abandoned mine near Baldhu.

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Disused mine may pollute river: Full report

The threat of toxic water from an abandoned mine leaking into the Fal estuary in Cornwall, has receded tonight. It follows a mammoth operation to pump out the Wheal Jane mine which has been swollen by the heavy rainfall of the last few days.

There were fears that water from the former tin mine could leak into the nearby Carnon River and then into the Fal. But now, as our Cornwall Corrrespondent Steve Hardy reports, water levels are dropping significantly.

Untreated water from the mine at Wheal Jane near Truro flooded into the Fal estuary in 1992 threatening its valuable marine life and ecology. Overnight a special pump was brought in by the Cornwall Fire and Rescue service to help out.

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