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Radioactive Dumping Is Reported in Congo

Officials in Congo said Wednesday that they were investigating reports that 18 tons of highly radioactive minerals had been dumped into a river in Katanga Province, in the southeastern part of the country. The minerals, including 17 tons of copper ore with a level of radioactivity 50 times the country’s official tolerable limit...According to an initial report by the Likasi mayor’s office, the 17 tons of ore belonged to Magma-Lubumbashi, a Chinese company. A load of 1.4 tons of copper and cobalt earmarked for disposal belonged to Chemaf, a Congolese mining company, and Louis Kiyombo, a mineral broker based in Lubumbashi, Katanga’s capital.

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