Thousands of fish dead due to pollution in the River Seiche, France
The Rennes prosecutor opened an investigation to determine the circumstances of the pollution that caused the death of thousands of fish in the river Seiche, from Essé to Amanlis, in Ille-et-Vilaine.
A judicial inquiry is underway concerning the pollution of the Seiche. This summer, in August, the river was contaminated with lactose residue following an incident on a production line at the Lactalis plant in Retiers, Ille-et-Vilaine. The pollution caused the death of thousands of fish over 8 km, from Essé to Amanlis.
How was the situation handled by the factory?
Following the complaint lodged by the Federation of Ille-et-Vilaine for the fishing and protection of the aquatic environment, an investigation was entrusted to the gendarmerie company of Vitré. “It has a dual purpose: to determine the circumstances of the pollution, and to know how the situation was managed by the factory managers, and how quickly the alert was given to the authorities,” said Nicolas Jacquet, the prosecutor of Rennes.
The gendarmes investigate
The investigation will indicate whether one or more offenses are committed. “The gendarmes of Vitré work in collaboration with the services of the prefecture in charge of classified installations and the protection of the environment,” details the magistrate.
No species survived
Findings were made at plant facilities. Hearings of company officials should follow.
No species survived the release of lactose-contaminated water.
Courtesy of ouest-france.fr