Cheshire West Council has reassured residents of their safety after it was revealed a firm in Ellesmere Port is to destroy chemicals from Syria's chemical weapons stockpile.
Veolia environmental services will incinerate 150 tonnes of the chemicals known as "B Precursors".
In a statement the authority insisted the waste was not weapons and did not include explosives.
It said the destruction was not due until the end of February and it would be seeking approval from health protection experts before going ahead
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