Radiation risk to bottled water

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Checks were ordered on bottled mineral water after fears of a radiation leak at a nuclear power station, it emerged last night.

"Slight contamination" was found in tanks used to supply carbon dioxide to reactors at Hunterston B power station on the Ayrshire coast. The find raised fears that road tankers used to carry carbon dioxide to the plant may also have become contaminated, according to Scottish Nuclear.

It said it was working with the gas transportation company, Messer UK, to check contamination had not passed to other users of the gas, including the carbonated water industry. Scottish Nuclear said any radiation which may have been passed on could have been only a fraction of the naturally occurring background radiation found in mineral water.