Toxic gases and chemicals from ICI Runcorn
There have been recent investigations into whether toxic chemicals have been dumped by ICI in Runcorn, and the impact this has had on the health and wellbeing of ICI workers and local residents.
Has ICI Runcorn released toxic pollution?
We can confirm that both local and national papers have found that the Imperial Chemical Industry site in Runcorn has released a large amount of toxic gas. The gas known as ‘HCBD’ which stands for Hexachlorobutadiene can have a dangerous and often fatal effect on the body.
Within the Runcorn and Widnes Weekly News from March 2012, it was reported that the National Archives for 1972 to 1983 show that tonnes of poisonous gas were released into the air by workers who lost control of chemical reactions.
Chemical bursts occurred in 1972, 1976 and again between December 1979 and January 1980. It is however not clear how many chemical bursts there have been between 1983 and the present date. Meanwhile in 1975, two dump sites were sealed off by ICI after years of dumping various chemicals.
Unfortunately, gas has seeped into nearby houses in the past, which caused a number of residents to evacuate their homes. BBC News reported in two articles in August 2001 that over 200 families left Weston near Runcorn after dangerous levels of toxic gas were found in a selection of homes and that ICI compensated the families for their financial losses.
Can the toxic gases still affect your health?
Exposure to HCBD gas can lead to a dangerous build-up of carcinogens in the brain and lungs, which can cause various cancers or even genetic mutilations.
It can take between 15 to 30 years for liver cancer caused by the substances to appear.
People who may have been unknowingly exposed to the dangerous toxins in the 1970s and 1980s (and possibly later as well) by working or living close to the plant, may be unaware of the long term damage that their close proximity to the toxic gas has had on their health.
What should those exposed to the toxic gas do now?
If you or a loved one has previously worked for ICI and now experiences respiratory problems, deafness or problems with your kidneys, please seek urgent medical advice. Similarly, if you have ever lived close to ICI Runcorn and are suffering from health issues, we would recommend that you visit your local GP.
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Roberts Jackson is committed to fighting against corporations like ICI Runcorn. Our solicitors work hard to make sure that they are held accountable for the damage and injuries that they cause to their employees, their loved ones and to the local community.
Therefore, if you or someone close has worked or lived close to ICI Runcorn and is now suffering from any hearing, breathing or kidney problems, do not hesitate to contact us on 0800 001 4496 and we will be happy to help you.
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