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Judge rules that birth defects could have been caused by toxic waste from steel works

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 04 August 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3162
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    Sixteen young people who claim that their birth defects were caused by a “soup of toxic materials” created when the local council reclaimed the site of the former British Steel works in Corby, Northamptonshire, have scored a landmark victory in the High Court in London.

    Mr Justice Akenhead ruled that Corby Borough Council was negligent and in breach of its statutory duty in carrying out the reclamation and that a cluster of limb defects could have been caused by the toxic airborne dust that blanketed the town. …

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