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Poison plant

Issue No. 1680

Poison plant

WORKERS AT a secret government chemical plant in Cornwall were poisoned by leaks of a deadly nerve gas. The Nancekuke base in Cornwall was used by the Ministry of Defence to supply its Porton Down chemical weapons plant with sarin nerve gas. The Independent on Sunday found that the military authorities have suppressed evidence of health damage to workers at Nancekuke for 30 years. A 1970 MoD report shows that between 1950 and 1969 staff at the plant were 33 percent more likely to suffer serious illnesses than expected.


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Thu 20 Jan 2000, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1680
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