Two accidents at
Hoechst AG, in the last
week of January this
year, has led to
nearly one tonne of
escaping into the
another 1.5 tonne of
an unnamed substance spilling into
the Main River, near
The powder used to make the herbicide Arelon, is mildly toxic and has the propensity to cause cancer according to Juergen Asshauer, a Hoechst official. The Hesse state environment ministry has ordered that the plant be shut down until the cause of the mishaps are determined and adequate precautions are taken to ensure that future accidents do not take place. Meanwhile, city health authorities issued a general river warning and directed that residents stay indoors until the clean-up operations are concluded.
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