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Chlorine leak at Siberian chemical factory: report

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Moscow (AFP) Dec 4, 2008
About 30 kilograms of chlorine have leaked at a chemical factory in the Siberian region of Irkutsk but there were no immediate reports of casualties, Russia's Interfax news agency said Thursday.

"On Wednesday, as a result of a faulty compressor in the Usoliekhim factory some 30 kilograms of chlorine leaked," a local official from the emergency ministry said, according to Interfax.

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'Cancer village' the dark side of Vietnam's industrial boom
Thach Son, Vietnam (AFP) Dec 1, 2008
Gazing at the Soviet-era factory that looms over his northern Vietnamese commune, Quang Van Vinh remembers what the farmland here looked like before it became known as a "cancer village".

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