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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Britain Admits Nuclear Dumping

LONDON -- Radioactive waste was secretly dumped close to busy shipping lanes between Scotland and Northern Ireland in the 1950s, British government officials said Monday.

The Scottish Office confirmed a report in the Guardian newspaper that said up to 2 tons of low-level nuclear waste, packed in heavy metal drums, were dumped in the Irish Sea.

Britain previously denied reports of nuclear waste dumping in the area, which is close to ferry routes and a gas pipeline being built between Scotland and Northern Ireland.

A spokesman said the levels of radioactive material were so insignificant they could not be measured.

The Guardian said the waste was mainly from civilian sources and came from laboratories and from luminous paint and clock dials.