The mayors and townspeople from areas affected by dioxin poison which escaped from a Seveso factory in July have met Italian government spokesmen to discuss the slow rate of de-contamination of the affected areas.
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Italy has been hit by two other industrial chemical accidents recently. At Manfredonia on the Adriatic there was an arsenic leak, and at Monza, workers at two factories have been admitted to hospital suffering from chemical poisoning. Another ten workers were taken to hospital from the Philip factory in Monza on Tuesday (19 October).
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Background: The mayors and townspeople from areas affected by dioxin poison which escaped from a Seveso factory in July have met Italian government spokesmen to discuss the slow rate of de-contamination of the affected areas.
SYNOPSIS: The town of Seveso was worst hit by the dioxin poisoning which followed an explosion at the Icmesa plant on 10 July. Seveso's residents were evacuated and soldiers prevented anybody except officials from re-entering the area. Many villagers did return recently, but they have been persuaded to leave again.
The townspeople from Seveso, Meda and Cesano Maderno are upset at what they see as inactivity and slowness by the government in making their homes safe again. The president of the Lombardy region, Mr. Vitali, said bad weather had slowed the decontamination work. He said there was also a shortage of men willing to work on the project - only 70 were available where 300 were needed. Meanwhile checks are continuing to see if people's nervous systems have been affected by the poison.
Many areas have been sealed off with barbed wire to prevent people entering. Workmen wearing protective overalls have been gathering material from the contaminated zone and it will all be burned in an effort to destroy the poison.
Roads are being covered with asphalt, a method proposed to prevent dioxin in the ground from coming to the surface, but it could be some time before the area is fit for human occupation.