In 2017, an independent study concluded that the women interviewed in the Étang de Berre area had three times more cancers than the national average.
Residents of the industrial area of Fos-sur-Mer (Bouches-du-Rhône) lodged a complaint against X on Friday 9 November at the court of Aix-en-Provence for "Endanger the lives of others" because of the pollution they undergo, announced their lawyer Julie Andreu. In all, 134 inhabitants, 6 associations and a trade union, the CFDT des Métaux Fos, filed a complaint.
"After the publication of numerous studies that have revealed an increase in the diseases of the inhabitants of the region, a legitimate and understandable anxiety has prompted a large number of people to join this complaint", write the complainants in a statement. On many occasions, these inhabitants of one of the largest industrial areas in Europe believe that the state has been solicited and "He has not implemented the tools necessary for a true risk assessment". "Exhausted by the immobility of public authorities, associations have come together for justice to seize this serious health problem"conclude.
Industrial pollution permeates the inhabitants of Fos-sur-Mer
Three times more cancers
Several companies are directly affected by the complaint because they do not meet the pre-polluting standards or the pollutant emission recommendations, such as Esso or Kem One.
The Business Union (UPE) of Bouches-du-Rhône denounced this legal action: "Industrialists are not murderers!", the PSU wrote in a statement, asking the court to reject the complaint. «The Étang de Berre industrialists have regularly invested for a reduction in atmospheric pollution for many years», defended the UPE.
In March 2018, for the first time, the State, through the Regional Health Agency (ARS), had recognized that the health status of the inhabitants of the Fos area was "Weakened" from pollution A year before, an independent study called "Fos-Epseal" concluded that women interviewed in the area had three times more cancers than the national average, or that 63% of the interviewed sample reported a chronic disease, compared to 36% in France.
In Fos-sur-Mer, industrial pollution also contaminates food