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Mustard gas could be buried beneath RAF Kinloss airbase

A potentially unstable chemical weapon could be buried beneath an airbase that will shortly become home to over 900 Army personnel, it has emerged.

RAF Kinloss in Moray is currently the focus of an investigation into radioactive contamination, but a report has emerged suggesting that the site could also be contaminated with mustard gas.

Officially known as sulphur mustard, it is a colourless oily liquid which can cause severe burns and cancer when released into the atmosphere.

A land quality assessment uncovered by BBC Scotland identified potential sulphur mustard contamination in 2004 before construction work began on a new pipeline for a water treatment project.

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