The fire at a waste recycling center in the Bouches-du-Rhône, about to be extinguished

Since December 26, the start of the fire at a private waste recycling center located in Saint-Chamas, in the Bouches-du-Rhône, many residents have said they were bothered by the release of smoke. The disaster should be definitively extinguished in a few days, announced Wednesday, January 12, the prefecture in a press release.

“The completion of the building deconstruction operations, allowing the final extinguishing of the fire to be devoted, has been postponed by a few days”, she clarified. “A large part of the building is, however, already demolished and accessible and will be drowned”, according to the same source, which specifies that “Definitive extinguishing operations [opérations de noyage] » will begin on Thursday.

“The health situation is, for the time being, stabilized”, notes the prefecture. “Public health France reports a drop in the number of reports issued by residents and an absence of significant returns from city medicine and emergency services since the start of the fire”, she wrote in her press release. The situation is being monitored by the regional health agency and agents from Atmosud, an approved air monitoring association, added the prefecture, according to which “No water table supplying the drinking water network, or authorized wells, is affected by the incident”.

“Water curtain”

The prefecture forced the company Recyclage Concept 13, located in this town of about 8,000 inhabitants on the banks of the Etang de Berre, about fifty kilometers from Marseille and which stored waste in its 3,200 square meter warehouse. brought by industrialists, in order to sort them, then to resell them to recycling companies, to have the building demolished so that the firefighters can, finally, access all the rubbish. “The firefighters of the Bouches-du-Rhône departmental fire and rescue service have also set up a reinforced water curtain limiting smoke emissions”, continued the prefecture.

At the height of the fire, pollution reached 800 micrograms of fine particles per cubic meter of air at certain times of the day, levels comparable to those experienced by Beijing during peak pollution. The daily alert threshold to preserve health is ten times lower.

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The World with AFP