Toxic tyre reef project dismantled in southern France

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A 1980s project that dumped 25,000 tyres into the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of the French Riviera to create an artificial reef is being dismantled after researchers found the tyres were leaking chemicals, including dangerous heavy metals, into the environment.

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Teams of divers are painstakingly lifting an artificial reef made of tens of thousands of old car tyres from the seafloor south of France, after it was found to spread pollution from toxic chemicals, reports BBC News.