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Title: Wheal Jane : a clear way forward
Author: National Rivers Authority South West Region
Document Type: Monograph
It was a unique event and one that caught the breath of everyone concerned with the quality of our rivers. Over 10 million gallons o f heavily contaminated water burst from the disused Cornish tin mine workings of Wheal Jane, causing serious pollution. The highly toxic water, loaded with cadmium, zinc, arsenic and iron, swept into the Carnon River and spectacularly spread its metal-rich contents throughout the Restronguet Creek and into Carrick Roads and Falmouth Bay. The National Rivers Authority's response to this event was swift and effective in first controlling and then treating the worst elements of the contaminated minewater. This leaflet details the NRA's response and action in meeting this undoubted challenge.
Publisher: National Rivers Authority
Publication Date: 1994
Publication Place: Exeter
Subject Keywords: MiningGroundwater pollutionDisastersPollution control measuresAcidsWater quality
Geographic Keywords: Wheal JaneFalmouthWest Cornwall and the Fal catchmentFal (Cornwall)Fal EstuaryRestronguet CreekCarnon
Extent: n.p. [12]
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