Potentially-deadly radioactive waste that leaked from nuclear disasters at Chernobyl and Fukushima has been found on a beach in the UK. Traces of Strontium-90 were discovered during routine monitoring of the shore at Aldeburgh in Suffolk – three miles from Sizewell B nuclear power station. The Environment Agency said traces of the substance were discovered in sediment samples taken from the beach last year. But officials stressed the levels found were extremely low and is not considered to present any risk to health. While Strontium-90 emits potentially deadly beta radiation, the level found was tiny compared with the average amount of such radiation routinely found in a human body. The substance is produced by a nuclear reactors and was released when reactors were breached at Chernobyl in 1986 and Fukushima in Japan five years ago. It can also be released during the decommissioning of power plants such as the current shut-down going on at Sizewell A station.
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