Updates: Leak in France continues — “May take days to clear up” — Top official headed to plant — Regional authorities put together crisis team — Police in Hastings, England suggest “Vicks on a tissue” (VIDEO)

Published: January 23rd, 2013 at 2:56 am ET
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Title: Smell of Gas Causes Alarm in Northern France
Source: NY Times
Author: SCOTT SAYARE
Date: : January 22, 2013 at ~9:00p ET

[…] The fumes also crossed the English Channel and settled Tuesday over the English coastal town of Hastings, due north of Rouen. The police there suggested on Twitter that residents use “Vicks on a tissue” or carry a “scented pomander” to combat the smell. In France, the authorities proposed few such handy solutions, though the regional prefecture did put together a crisis team. The ecology minister, Delphine Batho, announced that she would be heading to the chemical plant to be sure the leak was plugged.

Lubrizol, the additives company that operates the plant, offered little explanation for the problems, which began when the production of another chemical went awry, said Nathalie Bakaev, a company spokeswoman. The leak, which still going on Tuesday afternoon, began Monday at 8 a.m., Ms. Bakaev said […]

Video at 1:00 in: “The factory leak may take days to clear up”

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Published: January 23rd, 2013 at 2:56 am ET
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8 comments to Updates: Leak in France continues — “May take days to clear up” — Top official headed to plant — Regional authorities put together crisis team — Police in Hastings, England suggest “Vicks on a tissue” (VIDEO)

  • TepcoSievert TepcoSievert

    Wish radioactive contamination also had a smell or a color, so that we could move away from it. This case shows how fast and wide contamination can be that is undetected by our senses, like all the list of radionucleids released by nuclear industry, with or without an "accident"!

    • richard richard

      Good idea TS, although in some parts of the world you'd never get from the stench 😉

    • PavewayIII PavewayIII

      If they added an odorificant to radiation somehow and you *did* smell it, the official response would be equally useless: keep your windows shut, stay indoors and wait for it to dissipate.

  • richard richard

    What happens now if someone, somewhere has a real gas leak going down?

    • aigeezer aigeezer

      richard, the authorities would report that it was a completely unforeseeable development, well outside the parameters of all existing models, possibly an act of domestic terrorism, and that the situation clearly calls for reduced citizen mobility and increases in official resources to counter such terrorist activity in future.

      Something like that. 😉

      Good question!

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    La Hague; France's Nuclear Waste Nightmare; via A Green Road http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/la-hague-nuclear-waste-nightmare.html

    UK Sellafield Nuclear Reprocessing Plant Loses $1.2 Billion Pounds, Then Closes; via A Green Road
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/06/uk-sellafield-nuclear-reprocessing.html

    • Donna

      And how does this relate? There was a gas leak in Rouen. Can you please stop throwing unrelated links. If you have something to say write a few sentences like everybody else

  • weeman

    Can you imagine if it was radioactive gas the consequence, how it disperses over a large area and the speed in which it expands, what chance would you have to escape the plume, no were to run, no were to hide, better be at airport when it all goes to pot.