Oxford study contradicts UK Government findings on aluminium sulphate contamination

The health effects of a water pollution incident that took place in 1988 may be far greater than the UK Government has admitted, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal.


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Residents of Camelford, Cornwall consumed water “unfit for human consumption” in July 1988 after a lorry driver accidentally dumped 20 tonnes of aluminium sulphate into a reservoir.

A new study, conducted by Paul Altmann of Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, looked at the effects of the pollution on 55 people, along with 15 of their siblings who were affected. “People who were exposed to the contaminated water at Camelfod suffered considerable damage to cerebral function, which was not related to anxiety,” Altmann’s study states.

The UK Government has consistently attributed victims’ symptoms to anxiety.

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