Published On: Thu, Oct 3rd, 2019

Rouen chemical factory blaze: Cover-up after mass nausea and black water – France news | World | News

A blaze at a chemical storage facility in north-western France unleashed thick clouds of black smoke into the air last week, as more than 5,000 tonnes of chemicals and oil burned. Despite widespread panic, the French Government has repeatedly insisted that the air and water in Rouen are not harmful. However, reports of mass nausea and headaches, as well as black water, has sparked anger among local residents. 

Around 2,000 people demonstrated in Rouen on Tuesday, claiming that authorities were trying to cover-up the danger of the chemical leak.

Environmental activists and unions have accused officials of “hiding the truth” amid fears that the danger of the blaze could spread across Europe. 

The march called on authorities to fully investigate the incident at the plant and to share the findings relating to any possible impacts on public health.

Earlier this week, several schools were closed after children said they felt nauseous and complained of sore throats and eyes. 

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Despite the fury, authorities maintain that tests carried out at the Lubrizol plant indicated that the smoke was not toxic.

However, authorities did impose a ban on all agricultural products in the surrounding region and warned residents not to consume locally grown fruit and vegetables. 

Some farmers have been forced to dump tens of thousands of litres of milk in the past few days.

Several surrounding towns even recommended that residents remain indoors.

He added: “We should absolutely worry about eating and absorbing the polluting elements which have been spread all over the region and also up to Brussels and Belgium.”

Fuel additives, anti-freeze and solvents were among the different substances ignited at the site. 

On Monday, the plant was visited by the French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, who tried to reassure the locals that there was nothing to worry about.

The results of further tests into air quality and dust deposits are expected to be published in the coming days.

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