Pollution: inhabitants of Fos-sur-mer file a complaint against X

MARSEILLE (awp / afp) – Residents of the industrial area of ​​Fos-sur-Mer (Bouches-du-Rhône) filed a complaint against X Friday at the court of Aix-en-Provence for "endangering life "because of the pollution they suffer," said their lawyer Julie Andreu.
134 inhabitants, 6 associations and a union, the CFDT Metals Fos, filed a complaint.
"After the publication of numerous studies that have revealed an increase in the diseases of the inhabitants of the region, a legitimate and understandable anxiety has pushed a large number of people to join this complaint," write the plaintiffs in a statement.
On many occasions, these inhabitants of one of the largest industrial area in Europe believe that the state has been solicited and "has not implemented the necessary tools for a real risk assessment".
"Weary of the immobility of the public authorities, associations have come together for justice to seize this major health problem," they conclude.
Several companies are directly affected by the complaint because they do not respect pre-pollutant standards or recommendations regarding pollutant emissions, such as Esso or Kem One.
The Union for Enterprises (UPE) of Bouches-du-Rhone has denounced this action in court: "the industrialists are not killers!", Wrote the UPE in a statement, asking the justice to dismiss the complaint . "The industrialists of the Étang de Berre have regularly invested for many years in favor of a reduction of air pollution," defended the UPE.
In March 2018, for the first time, the State, through the Regional Health Agency (ARS) had recognized that the state of health of the inhabitants of the zone of Fos was "weakened" by pollution. A year earlier, an independent study called "Fos-Epseal" concluded that women surveyed in the area had three times more cancers than the national average, or that 63% of the sample surveyed reported a chronic illness, compared with 36 % in France.
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