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World News April 29, 2024

Canada’s First Nation declares emergency due to chemicals emission

The Aamjiwnaang First Nation in Canada declared a state of emergency due to harmful chemical releases from the INEOS Styrolution plastic manufacturing plant in Ontario. The plant’s benzene emissions prompted government intervention and a shutdown for maintenance. The company has not commented on its plans to address the leak. The Indigenous community, surrounded by industrial sites, has long faced environmental issues and seeks resources to mitigate the situation. Several residents have reported health symptoms related to the chemical exposure. This incident coincides with UN plastic treaty talks in Ottawa, highlighting the urgency of addressing plastic production and its environmental impact. Councilor Janelle Nahmabin hopes the event will raise awareness among decision-makers and global citizens.

Source – CGTN

Photo credit – Reuters

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