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Fallout from explosion at France chemical factory worsens

Smoke billows from a large fire that broke out at a factory of Lubrizol in Rouen, France, on September 26, 2019. (Photo by Reuters)

Ramin Mazaheri 
Press TV, Paris 

The fallout from an industrial disaster in France continues to worsen as a chemical factory owned by a US billionaire exploded last week, spreading pollutants across the northeast region. 

Last week, a factory of chemical corporation Lubrizol, owned by US financial baron Warren Buffett, caught fire and burned over 5,000 tons of industrial chemicals. Dangerous pollutants and asbestos were spewed into the air for a full day, producing a massive stench and worrying side effects immediately.

Across the region, schools have been closed, thousands of farms have been banned from selling their produce, people have fainted inexplicably, and everyone has been instructed to use gloves when they clean with tap water and not to drink the rain water.

Many are insisting that the highly-profitable company be held responsible financially for the cleanup and to pay for the treatment of all the people who might become ill. The government will also be held responsible as allegations are being made that it allowed the company to expand without proper environmental studies first.

Concerns over a lack of transparency have already heightened following fears that the government did not contain lead poisoning in Paris caused by the April fire at Notre Dame Cathedral.

The government is expected to issue an analysis of the health risks later this week. The Seine River flows through both Rouen and Paris, causing contamination concerns in the capital as well.

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