Chlorine transportation: the real threat

Chlorine transportation: the real threat

Organisation: RTSinfo (Switzerland)

Publication Date: 04/13/2016



Two important chemical plants, situated in Valais, need chlorine for their daily production. They used to produce it on site, but have decided to externalize this production to optimize their profits. Chlorine is now imported from France, by rail. It is transported from Geneva to Viège, through densely populated areas. An accident of one of these trains could have devastating effects, as chlorine can be lethal on a large scale. It's level of toxicity means it can kill within a perimeter of several hundred meters. Because of this, the building of houses along the railway line has been blocked. The potential human cost of an accident is indeed considerable. As secure as Swiss railways might seem, there have been several accidents during the past two years. Fortunately, none of these involved the transport of chlorine. Credit for the project: Valentin Tombez, Frédéric Vergez
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