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BRE petrographic technologist Simon Lane would use the £1M to move to Cornwall and buy five houses affected by the local curse of mundic - a deterioration of concrete blocks made with mine waste aggregates. This would facilitate really extensive sampling and testing, and full- scale trials of repair techniques like resin injection and foam filling of cavities. If successful, the result would be the lifting of a property blight that affects thousands of houses in one of the poorest areas of the country.

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