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PERM, November 14 (Itar-Tass) — The Investigative Committee /SK/ has launched a pre-investigation check into the chlorine leak at a plant in the town of Berezniki, Perm Territory, in which three persons had died and another nine had been hospitalized.
The decision on whether to open criminal proceedings will be made by the results of the check, the press service of the regional SK department told Itar-Tass.
A group of investigators led by deputy director of the regional SK department Ivan Loginovsky is on the way to the scene. The Berezniki mayor, Sergei Dyakov, is already at the plant.
In all, 38 people sought medical assistance and requested a medical check, the press service of the regional department of the Emergency Situations Ministry /EMERCOM/ reported.
The accident occurred at the AVISMA metallurgical production association. "Preliminary reports said the chlorine unit depressurized and an emission of chlorine occurred. The information about the casualties is being specified; there is no threat to the population," an EMERCOM official emphasized.
All the emergency services are working at the scene. The investigators are looking into the circumstances of the accident.