'Four teachers at a high school built on a toxic landfill dump in which blue water was coming out of the taps have all developed the same rare form of bladder cancer.
It was revealed in January that teachers at Buchanan High School in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, Scotland, had been gagged and threatened with the sack after raising safety concerns about the drinking water.
Staff complained three years ago that water at the campus, which shared with St Ambrose High School and is built on a site used by the former Gartsherrie Iron Works, had turned blue, and four of them have now been diagnosed with cancer.
But council bosses only imposed a drinking ban on the tap water at both schools late last year and ordered tests.
Three of the four teachers who now have cancer are believed to have worked in the same corridor at Buchanan where staff were told not to drink the tap water, the Daily Record reported.
High levels of copper in corroded pipe work can cause water to turn blue, experts said.
And in February, the Sunday Post revealed that copper levels were three times higher than normal.
Work is now under way to replace corroded pipes at the schools.
Professor Andrew Watterson, a public health expert at Stirling University, said that the reported cancer cases seemed a 'very big cluser' and were worthy of further investigation.'
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