Twenty-one years after the explosion of the AZF factory in Toulouse (Haute-Garonne), the general prosecutor’s office of the Paris Court of Appeal announced that it would soon remove the last seals and the last fences from the website, report France Blue Occitanie . The judicial control will be raised and Toulouse Métropole will be able to find this two-hectare site in order to launch the depollution, which Total had undertaken to pay.
As specified France 3 Occitania , it is indeed the Toulouse Métropole conurbation which became the owner of the plant site after its dismantling. The crater of the explosion, 65 m long by 53 m wide and 9 m deep, remained sealed even after the final condemnation of Grande Paroisse and the former director of the factory on December 17, 2019 The rest of the site has become a memorial.
A first kidnapping at the end of June
After the conviction, Jean-Luc Moudenc, the mayor of the city and president of the agglomeration, then asked the Keeper of the Seals to lift the seals from the crater area and the end of the judicial review. A request which had been validated on April 8, 2022 by the prosecution. A first abduction then took place at the end of June, soon to be completed by a second abduction in the coming weeks.
As a reminder, the explosion of the AZF factory occurred on September 21, 2001. This industrial accident caused 31 deaths, thousands of injuries and tens of thousands of victims. It had been reinforced by the accidental deposit of chlorinated products in a hangar containing 300 tons of ammonium nitrates.