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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Follow-up to: Reports: Gas nauseates northern France -- Smell hits England, South Kent residents warned to keep windows closed -- Leak not yet stopped -- Football match postponed

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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