Poisons of war

Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

-- The deadly environmental effects of World War ii may stage a reappearance. At a late January conference on marine pollution in Brussels, Russian experts expressed apprehension that around 120,000 chemical weapons dumped off the British coast after World War ii may leak from their containers and poison the sea. "There is unconfirmed information about discharges of chemical weapons in the White Sea, Lagoda Lake, near the Hebrides Islands, in the Irish Sea, near the western coast of Canada and the eastern part of Australia," said Sergui Shoigu, Russian civil defence and emergencies minister.

Britain however, is fending off the charges. It claims that the chemical weapons, sunk at 4 locations, were sealed in ships and scuttled in waters 6,000 m deep.

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