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Card image 04 August 2021 Daily Maverick

Lessons to be learnt from Durban’s UPL pesticide fire

It has been more than three weeks since a fireball explosion destroyed the huge chemical warehouse, seemingly packed to the rafters with thousands of tons of hazardous pesticides and other agrochemicals. But, as yet, neither the company nor the government has disclosed the quantity or exact nature of the toxic cocktail of more than 1,600 chemicals that escaped. Nor have any clear answers emerged as to who bears responsibility for potential health damage to nearby residents, or the pollution of a nearby river, soils and marine life.

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