18 October 2001 11:42 [Source: ICIS news]
The Assembly confirmed on Thursday that it has unanimously agreed to adopt a resolution for a parliamentary inquiry commission. Timing, constitution and detailed terms of reference of the inquiry have yet to be decided.
It follows a resolution issued by the European Parliament on 3 October calling for drastic changes in the way the chemicals industry is regulated by national governments.
The French parliamentary inquiry decision has coincided with the announcement of a further fatality from the Toulouse blast. A spokesman from the regional prefecture of Haute Garonne, in which Toulouse is situated, confirmed today that a woman had died from her injuries, bringing the death toll to 30. Grande Paroisse, the fertiliser subsidiary of Franco-Belgian chemicals company Atofina, told CNI that the victim was not listed as an employee or sub-contractor at the site.
Several inquiries into the cause of the explosion, including those by the French government, Atofina and local authorities, are already well advanced.
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