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Blast at Azot chemical plant in Perm Krai kills three

Another one hospitalized with injuries. No other threat to ecology or population reported
15:26, 6 May 2019

Moscow Times

A blast at Azot chemical plant reported in Perm Krai, according to Interfax citing Russia’s Emergency Service.

“An incident occurred while performing repair operations in ammonia production unit at Azot Branch of Uralchem JSC in Bereznyaki. Three workers died,” the Emergency Service reports.

The incident hasn’t affected the technological process of the enterprise, there’s no threat to ecology or population.

According to the Administration of Terminator telegram-channel, the blast occurred because the workers were cutting container with ammonia remains.

According to the chemical plant representatives, the fire followed the blast, 59.ru Perm outlet reports. The fire has already been extinguished.

URALCHEM Group is the largest ammonium nitrate producer in Russia and the second largest ammonia and nitrogen fertilizer producer in Russia. In 2018 the URALCHEM produced 27.6% of Russian ammonium nitrate, 16.9% of ammonia, 15% of urea and other fertilizers. 

As we reported, an unknown substance was discharged in the air in Armyansk, North Crimea 8 months ago. A greasy mud with a yellow shade appeared on metallic objects, roofs, and leaves on the trees.  

Related: Another emission of chemicals takes place in annexed Crimea

Moreover, toxic chemicals were detected in the air in the Kherson region, southern Ukraine.    

On September 6, 2018, it was reported that the plant on the production of the titanium dioxide, the subsidiary of “Titanium investments” in Crimean Armyansk will completely stop to work on Sunday, September 9.    

Reportedly, 61 Ukrainian border guards were affected by the emission of chemicals. Five of them were hospitalized. 

Related: Fire at chemical factory in Ukraine's Kalush is put out, no casualties observed

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