An inspection by French competent authorities at Sanofi’s Mourenx chemical factory in the Pyrenees revealed that toxic waste emissions of some molecules are exceeding the authorized levels by 90,000. In particular, France Nature Environnement denounced today astronomical quantities of pollutants into the air, whereas Sanofi’s managers insisted that the local population has not been exposed to the gases. Among the molecules emitted into the air, bromopropane, a possibly cancer-causing mutagenic agent, was found. Yesterday Sanofi decided to shut down the factory, which – with its 50 employees – has mainly been producing anti-epileptic drugs.
(Source: France Nature Environnement and Le Monde)