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DÜSSELDORF (dpa-AFX) – The cause of the severe explosion in a Leverkusen hazardous waste incineration plant is still unclear. “Clarifying the causes of this accident has the highest priority for us”, assured NRW Environment Minister Ursula Heinen-Esser (CDU) on Monday in the Düsseldorf state parliament in a special meeting of the Environment Committee.
Six people were killed in the accident at the end of July, and another person is missing. 31 people suffered some serious injuries. The public prosecutor’s office in Cologne has initiated an investigation.
Heinen-Esser reported that the NRW State Environment Agency (LANUV) had not found any abnormalities during air measurements on the day of the incident. Soil samples with soot particles that had settled in the area after the fire showed “only low levels” of pollutants. “These results do not offer any indication of a relevant increase in the health risk in the area investigated,” said Heinen-Esser.
The minister criticized that the company was initially reluctant to provide information. However, this is more likely to be due to temporary excessive demands and not to conscious reluctance. / Cd / DP / jha