Workers at Israel's Dimona nuclear reactor say leaks at plant gave them cancer

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b_200_0_16777215_00_http___www.haaretz.com_polopoly_fs_7.123.1288802025!_image_2358286532.gif_gen_derivatives_default_2358286532.gif December 15, 2011


A hearing was held on Wednesday on the complaint by 44 employees and their families that the workers are suffering from cancer and other diseases due to radiation at work. Their attorney cited memos purportedly showing that safety problems led to the leak of radioactive substances.

Dimona nuclear research center - Reuters
Dimona nuclear research center - Reuters

The nuclear research center in Dimona.

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He said there had been several cases of technical problems and it was not clear which he was being asked about. "Mishaps occur," [a witness for the defense, Dan] Litai told the court. "There have been mishaps there since the day [the Dimona facility] was built, and I assume there still are."