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Explosion at Total Cracker in France Kills Two and Injures Six; Arkema's Operations Not Affected

2:22 AM MDT | July 17, 2009 | Natasha Alperowicz

An explosion yesterday at Total Petrochemicals' steam cracker at Carling, France killed two people and injured six. Two of the injured remain hospitalized. Total says the accident happened as the cracker was being restarted after it had been taken offline following a heavy storm on June 13. A steam generator exploded during the operation to restart the plant. The cause of the accident is being investigated. The plant, meanwhile, has been declared safe and there is no risk of pollution, Total says. A support group is being set up to provide information and...

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