Itar-Tass reported yesterday that highly toxic phenol (carbolic acid), accidentally released in a trash crash last week, had put more than 100 people in the hospital and threatened to cause an environmental disaster in central Russia. Phenol had reportedly seeped into streams and polluted the Sura river, which flows into the Volga. The accident occurred May 14 near the town of Shumerlya, some 375 miles east of Moscow. (Reuter, May 20)
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