Chemical weapons still haunting the Baltic

Fishermen operating in the Baltic Sea last year caught the largest quantity of chemical munitions since the mid-1990s, the region's environmental protection commission Helcom reports. Vessels netted over a tonne of munitions in 25 separate incidents. This was well above the recent average, but still less than the 1991 record catch of over five tonnes in 103 incidents. About 40,000 tonnes of munitions containing some 13,000 tonnes of mustard gas, sneeze gas and tear gas were dumped in the Baltic after World War II, according to Helcom. See press release.

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