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Issue No. 1742


OVER 100 anti-nuclear protesters staged a protest in Plymouth last week against plans to increase radioactive discharges from the Trident submarine base by 500 percent.

And 450 people packed a meeting called by the Environment Agency as part of a three-month public consultation. Private dockyard owners DML are to increase tritium discharges into the public sewage system and atmosphere when the refit of Vanguard class nuclear submarines begins later this year.

At the meeting Dr Alexander Matthews from the World Disarmament Campaign questioned officials: "If the dumping of tritium is so safe then how come the rates for cancer in Plymouth are 25 percent higher for men and 29 percent higher for women compared with the rest of England and Wales?"

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Sat 7 Apr 2001, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1742
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