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Thousands of fish poisoned by spills from French dairy plant

Staff Writer | August 31, 2017
An accident at a Brittany dairy plant has killed thousands of fish and left a nearby river badly polluted.
Lactalis factory
Fish   The Lactalis factory in Retiers
The local fishing federation said it would lodge a legal complaint against the Lactalis factory in Retiers (Ille-et-Villaine) after large numbers of fish were found dead along an eight-kilometre stretch of the Seiche river, The Local reported.

The foundation's president, Jérémy Grandière, said there was also a terrible stench owing to the "thousands" of dead fish.

Speaking to FranceTVInfo, Grandière said that the fish still alive in the river were "doomed".

A problem at the factory's wastewater treatment plant in mid-August meant an abnormal amount of lactose was released into the river, reducing oxygen levels.