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Spain's shellfish industry at risk from toxic chemical plant leak

SPAIN - A coating of toxic chemicals has spread at least two miles along a river in Spain&#39;s shellfish centre, Galicia, killing hundreds of fish and cutting off drinking water to an estimated 100,000 people.</b> <br><br> The cloudy, turquoise slick was caused by a fire at a chemical plant on Friday, regional officials said, and it threatens to ooze down the Umia river to the Arosa estuary on the country&#39;s craggy north-west coast. <br><br> The spill is the second environmental disaster to hit the rural region this summer, which saw 2,000 forest fires ravage about 300 square miles of trees in two weeks - the worst outbreak of forest fires in 20 years. <br><br> The slick also occurred just as Galicia&#39;s cold waters were beginning to recover from the 2003 spill by the Prestige oil tanker. <i>Source: The Guardian</i>

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