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Date: Tuesday September 5, 2006 11:38:00 am | Views: 78
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    Spain hit by highly toxic spill
    in north-western Spain are struggling to contain a highly toxic
    chemical river spill heading towards the Atlantic Ocean.The discharge
    into the Umia River was caused by a fire at a chemical plant in the
    Galicia region late last week.The three-kilometre (1.9 mile) long spill
    is slowly moving down the river, killing fish and plants in its
    path.The water supply to some 80,000 people has been cut off, and shell
    fishing areas have been closed as a precaution.The turquoise-coloured
    petroleum pollutant could reach the Atlantic Ocean in two days,
    officials in Galicia estimate.They are building a series of dams to try
    to stop the spill.The cause of the fire at the chemical plant is still
    being investigated.The spill is a further blow to Galicia, which has
    been ravaged by forest fires in recent weeks.At least 86,000 hectares
    (212,000 acres) of Galicia’s forests have been destroyed by the fires
    this year, many of which were started deliberately.The region was
    devastated by a vast oil slick caused when the Prestige oil tanker sank
    in 2002.

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