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Chemical Accidents Gas Leak in Northern France

Editor: Dominik Stephan

Chemical accident in France: According to French officials, a gas leak occurred at a chemical factory in Rouen, Northern France. Since Monday, a significant amount of methyl mercaptan gas was emitted...

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Chemical accident in Roeuen, France: Methyl Mercaptan gas emitted.
Chemical accident in Roeuen, France: Methyl Mercaptan gas emitted.
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Paris/France – The leak ocured on Monday morning after a violent reaction at one of the facilities ovens, company speakers explained. Since then, the operating company Lubrizol a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, was unable to stop the emissions. Several residents of Rouen and Northern Paris have reported a acidly stench and health ailments.

"We are confident to stop the leak by Tuesday," a Lubrizol speaker told the local Television Europe1. Methyl mercaptan is often used as warning indicator in natural gas because of its pungent stench. It is mostly harmless but can cause irritations of skin, eyes and respiratory systems. Highly concentrated, the gas can also lead to nausea, sickness, dizziness and dyspnoea.

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