Dozens of Israelis who worked at a nuclear reactor in a remote desert town are seeking millions of dollars in government compensation for cancer they claim resulted from their work. Years of attempts to settle the cases out of court have failed, and now the plaintiffs are pursuing a court case against Israel’s Atomic Energy Commission. Trying the case will be difficult in a country where security is very tight. The nuclear plant’s employees are sworn to secrecy and little is known publicly about what goes on at the facility. Reuven Laster, attorney for the plaintiffs, said the reactor’s management failed to monitor the health of workers who were involved in radioactive or chemical accidents, and some of the medical records at the plant had been “suspiciously” deleted.

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