In Chile, at least 75 people have been poisoned by sulfur dioxide from heavy industry. Among the victims were up to 50 students. An environmental emergency has been declared in several cities.
Greenpeace has dubbed the towns of Quintero and Buchoncafe, north of the coastal city of Valparaíso, the “Chernobyl of Chile”. It is home to mining, oil, cement, gas and chemical companies.
50 children and 25 caregivers suddenly complained of headache, itchy eyes, sore throat and nausea. They were all taken to hospital for observation.
“Five times above the norm”
“We have peak sulfur dioxide that has exceeded the hourly standard five times. Both cities have endured that for a long time, but it has to end,” Mayor Ruben Gutierrez said. His city of Quintero has a population of 31,000.
Authorities declared an environmental emergency in both cities. Classes are suspended and physical activity is prohibited.
Sulfur dioxide is released when fossil fuels containing sulfur, such as some types of petroleum, lignite, or coal, are burned. It is one of the main components of air pollution and smog.
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