He said: "We lifted the floorboards and noticed that paint and blood had seeped
Coast Guard tried to help by pumping oil out of the tanker before more oil seeped
into the water, but the damage had already been done.
Environmental officers were testing samples of the pollutant which seeped
into the Staffordshire and Worcester Canal, affecting a two-mile stretch near Stourport in Worcestershire.
Now they think they know: "Some water seeped
under ground, and maybe it's still there," Malin says.
Not coincidentally, radon seeped
into public awareness at much the same time that the nuclear power industry encountered serious opposition.
Last month, TEPCO found the highest level of radioactive tritium in seawater samples and attribute the spike to contaminated groundwater that seeped
into the sea.