Disgruntled employee poisons co-workers
Fifty-five employees of a nuclear power plant on the West coast of India have been poisoned by contaminated water, taken from the office water cooler, which is thought to have been laced with tritium by a fellow worker. The substance, used for creating glow-in-the-dark watch hands and for triggering nuclear bombs, sent the fifty-five to hospital, where two still remain (as of the 9th December 2009). The workers, although free from the short-term dangers, are now at increased risk of passing on occurring cancer and genetic abnormalities to their future generations.
The Government said that the incident at the Kaiga power plant is being investigated and taken extremely seriously, as it was a “breach of some security measures”. At the time of writing, the culprit was thought to be close to being found, and had been narrowed down to fifteen people, all of whom work at the plant.
The Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, is urging the public not to be frightened, as this was an isolated occurrence and not linked to any larger leak across the country.
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