Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Is aluminium really a silent killer?

Is aluminium really a silent killer?

"Fresh concerns following the 1988 Camelford water pollution disaster will be aired this week.

Twenty-four years ago, one of the UK's most notorious pollution disasters occurred. At a water treatment works on the edge of Bodmin Moor, 20 tonnes of aluminium sulphate leaked into the water supply serving the nearby town of Camelford.

Years of bitter disputes followed, with people who had drunk the water complaining of health problems. There were government inquiries, accusations of a cover-up – and, in 2004, the death of Carole Cross. This 58-year-old Camelford resident died from a rare and aggressive form of Alzheimer's, and her brain was found to contain unusually high levels of aluminium."

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